June 29, 2014

Define 'Moderation' President Obama

Rami Khouri, Daily Star

The Associated Press

U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest request to Congress to provide $500 million in equipment and training to “appropriately vetted” moderate Syrian opposition forces will provoke lively debate on two issues: First, on whether this is too little, too late to influence events inside Syria; and second, what exactly defines a “moderate” opposition force. These are valid questions related to both how non-Syrian powers are working to bolster or topple President Bashar Assad’s regime, and how everyone is dealing with the growing threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

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TAGGED: Middle East, Barack Obama, Syria

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