September 8, 2013

How Obama Got Syria So Wrong

Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Had the president armed vetted groups last summer - as all his top civilian and military advisers advocated - the chemical-weapons attack might never have happened. Now may be the last opportunity the White House will have to strengthen such groups and enlist them as partners. Only if they gain strength inside Syria, and soon, might the Assad regime crack - and negotiations become possible.

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