Re "Band-Aid approach in Syria will only embolden Assad" (Viewpoints, March 6): If there's one word to describe our Great Transformer in the White House, it's naivete.
Columnist Trudy Rubin's piece cites a great example: "Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, and Joint Chiefs Chairman, Martin Dempsey, supported a plan to arm and train certain Syrian rebels who were CIA vetted." Makes sense. Obama declined.
Secretary of State John Kerry and this president want a "negotiated solution." They want Bashar Assad to "change his calculus," i.e., have a miraculous change of heart. Right. A guy who bombs his own people, who has no intention of abdicating, is suddenly going to see the error or his ways. He's destroying his own country, but "negotiation" will stop that.
I wonder, sometimes, what dream world our Great Transformer dwells in.
-- Bill Harder, Sr., Auburn
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