The Pentagon announced a change to its program to train and equip Syrian rebels, but the change will only deepen U.S. involvement in the civil war and increase the concomitant risks.
Speaking at a Leaders Summit on Peacekeeping held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28, President Obama received pledges from more than 50 countries for 40,000 troops for UN “peacekeeping” forces.
As the Christian population of several countries in the Middle East continues to dwindle owing to persecution, several members of Congress, led by Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) introduced a resolution on September 9 stating that those who commit atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East are guilty of “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” and “genocide.”
Despite committing to reduce their role in military operations, President Obama is leaving the CIA in control of the drone strikes in Syria.
Holding all the cards, the Republican-controlled Congress has chosen to hand Obama yet another victory.