August 16, 2016
ISSUE | HAITI U.S. aid sorely needed It is deplorable that the United States sends military aid to the Dominican Republic and trains its police and border patrol officers, while that Caribbean country has stripped the citizenship of 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians ("No country to call home," Tuesday). In the past year, more than 60,000 people have been deported, while Haiti struggles to recover from a 2010 hurricane. It is time for the United States to give Haiti's economy a boost so its citizens won't need to leave to find jobs.
May 2, 2015 |
AMMAN, Jordan - When ISIS jihadis poured into Iraq from Syria in June and attacked Sheikh Abdullah al-Yawar's compound, he urged the Iraqi government to fly weapons to a nearby airfield so his Sunni tribesmen could hit back. But the Iraqi defense minister refused Yawar's offer, which might have prevented the capture of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. After Mosul fell, Yawar asked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to let him recruit two battalions of tribesmen to police the border and prevent more jihadis from crossing.
February 10, 2015
ISSUE | WAR IN UKRAINE Warming volunteers A recent visit to Kiev demonstrated to me that, while Ukraine is waiting for military aid, there is much we can do ("Ukraine needs military aid," Jan. 29). As one battalion commander, Andrij Teteryk, reminded me, Ukraine's battalions are volunteer and depend on the generosity of the Ukrainian people. There are 43 battalions fighting in eastern Ukraine, comprising 200 to 600 volunteers. Supply chains have been set up for food and warm clothing, which are delivered by convoy to the war area.
January 30, 2015 |
The rockets that killed dozens of civilians in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol last weekend also blew up the futile Western strategy for stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine. President Obama and his European allies desperately hoped that sanctions would squeeze Vladimir Putin into accepting a negotiated solution to the conflict. They were dreaming that he would press Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine to abide by the so-called Minsk cease-fire agreement signed in September by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and Europe.
October 9, 2014 |
The Syrian Kurdish leader's voice on the telephone on Monday sounded desperate. He told me ISIS is on the verge of defeating Syrian Kurds, who have been fighting fiercely for weeks to defend the town of Kobani near the Turkish border. "There are 15,000 to 20,000 civilians still in Kobani, people who say they will die on the ground," said Salih Muslim, the top Kurdish opposition leader in northern Syria. "There were air strikes . . . but not efficiently enough to stop the attacks on Kobani.
January 31, 2014 |
D iplomacy , diplomacy , diplomacy . Partners , partners . These were the buzzwords President Obama hammered home in the foreign policy portion of his State of the Union address, as the core of his global strategy for the next three years. "America must move off a permanent war footing," he said. "I strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend on the military alone. " Instead, we have to build "the capacity of our foreign partners" and engage in "strong and principled diplomacy.
October 18, 2013 |
Should America still be trying to promote democracy abroad - especially when its own is so dysfunctional? This question has been nagging at me since the Obama administration announced a partial freeze on military aid to Egypt last week. The aim: to (belatedly) display U.S. displeasure over the Egyptian military's bloody ouster of an elected president in July. (The aid will be restored if Egypt makes progress toward an "inclusive" elected government.) The cutoff was avidly pushed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress (even as they were sliding toward a possible debt default)
July 27, 2013 |
Anyone who doubts the dangerous consequences of White House waffling on Syria should note some startling statements by U.S. officials in recent days. Let's start at the top. After two years of insistence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go, the White House started publicly hedging last week. No doubt that was a reaction to the fact that Assad, armed and aided by Russia, Iran, and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, has been scoring major victories against the Syrian rebels.
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The United States is delaying delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in light of the military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi as president, but it has not decided whether to suspend military aid more broadly, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Pentagon press secretary George Little said President Obama made the decision to hold up the F-16 delivery while the administration continues to review options and consult with Congress on military assistance generally. The four F-16s were to be delivered under a previously arranged sale of 20. Eight of the F-16s were delivered earlier this year; after the four originally set for delivery this week the final eight were to be sent later this year.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration signaled Monday that U.S. national security interests will trump its promotion of Egypt's budding democracy, stressing the importance of continued aid to the Egyptian military, which overthrew the elected president last week. As violence blazed between security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the White House and State Department both urged the military to exercise "maximum restraint. " They also said the military would not be punished with a cutoff of its $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid for toppling Morsi.