Saturday, April 30, 2011

Syria Killings Usher Pressure on Obama to Intervene

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Security forces killed more than 60 people across Syria on Friday during demonstrations demanding the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, and the United States imposed new sanctions on key figures.

Obama is facing increased pressure to call for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as Assad's government continues a violent crackdown on protesters that activists say has killed more than 450 people.

But is intervention in Syria something we should be considering, or is it none of our business. . . or at least none our business until it begins to affect American interests?

In George Washington's farewell address in 1796, he was careful to explain that unless American interests are directly affected, we should keep out of foreign entanglements, or involving ourselves in foreign affairs. This is not a call for isolationism, only a call to be careful in our choices when it comes to our foreign policies.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Syrian forces kill 62, U.S. toughens sanctions - Reuters

Obama Under Pressure to Call for Syrian Leader's Ouster - Fox News

George Washington's Farewell Address 1796 - Avalon Project

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