News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

May 12, 2013

Lugar wary of U.S. involvement in Syria

INDIANAPOLIS — Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has been out of office since early January, but he’s still being sought after for his opinion about foreign policy matters he once helped shape.

Last weekend, the longtime Republican senator weighed in the volatile situation in Syria on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt. Lugar was featured along with former national security adviser Zbigniew K. Brzezinski, a Democrat.

Lugar, former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is wary of the U.S. becoming more deeply involved in the Syrian civil war even while he worries about the humanitarian crisis unfolding.

One of Lugar’s concerns is that increasing U.S. military involvement would inadvertently bolster extremists in the Syrian opposition and lead to unknown consequences.

Asked what he thought about using U.S. air power to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria or taking out the Syrian air force or bombing the palace of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad, Lugar responded:

“Well, that really does get into warfare, because [Assad] does have some pretty good aircraft and air defenses. And it’s all well and good to talk about the no-fly zone, but that really does put American people at risk who are flying the planes, as well as the planes themselves, and that really oversteps the line.”

On Tuesday, during an interview in Indianapolis, Lugar repeated his concerns about the U.S. becoming involved in what he sees as an unwinnable situation.

He acknowledged the tragedy of the Syrian conflict. Since March 2011, the civil strife there has killed more than 70,000 people, according to United Nations. That’s why he’s been supportive of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees who’ve fled into neighboring Turkey.

But Lugar fears that U.S. military involvement in Syria could add to the instability of a  region plagued with deep ethnic and religious divisions and lead to the kind of long-term entanglement that the U.S. found itself in after invading Iraq.

“It’s beyond our ability to sort this out,” Lugar said. “We attempted to do so in Iraq for 10 years. We tried to bring about democracy, human rights, stability and peace, and we had some success. But absent the U.S., it’s become unraveled again.”

Lugar differs from many Republicans in Congress who are pushing for more U.S. involvement in Syria.

He urges caution.

“Countries really have to develop their own institutions and determine their own future,” Lugar said.

Maureen Hayden is the Indiana Statehouse bureau chief for CNHI, the parent company of the Tribune-Star. She can be reached at maureen.hayden

@indianamediagroup.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News