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Will diplomacy

save the day?

Could this administration have found a way out of their latest misstep regarding Syria? With Secretary of State Kerry’s jest that military action could be avoided by Syria turning over their chemical weapons a new path was opened.  

Like most good political solutions, everyone gets something they want, but nobody gets everything they want. No one would object to the removal of the chemical weapons, except perhaps the Syrian government. That government does avoid outside military intervention, though. The hawks don’t get regime change. The doves don’t get America embroiled in another Middle Eastern war. The U.N. and the Russians get to look like peacemakers. President Obama gets his foot removed from his mouth gracefully.

Time will tell if this idea will work. It is another lesson for President Obama that what might work in Chicago-style politics doesn’t play on the world stage. He has had a number of those but hasn’t learned from them yet. The Russians are masters of the art of “realpolitik.” It is something the United States has never done well, all too often basing foreign policy on ideology rather than practicality.

— Dwayne Owens

Terre Haute

Edie Gormé’s gift

Ronn Mott was the only media person I saw who mentioned the talent and enjoyment Edie Gormé gave to all of us.

She and husband Steve Lawrence were truly great interpreters of music when it was pleasurable. Thanks, Ronn.

— Millie Nordhagen


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