Daily Archives: Sept. 6, 2013

Don’t have to bomb Syria to remain credible

Credibility in foreign policy matters, but the view that the United States has to bomb Syria to remain credible is overblown, Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “We are, and everyone knows we are, the most militarily powerful and technologically able nation on Earth,” she wrote. “And at the end of the day America is America. We don’t have to bow to the claim that if we don’t attack Syria we are over as a great power.”

Kansans not keen on acting against Syria

In a SurveyUSA poll this week, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12 in Wichita, 72 percent of Kansans surveyed said they believe Syria used chemical weapons against civilians – nearly as many as supported President Obama’s move allowing Congress to decide how to respond to the slaughter. But only 24 percent of those polled said they favor U.S. airstrikes against Syrian military targets, while 29 percent said the U.S. should provide support for other countries’ military action and 40 percent said the U.S. should “take no action.” Support for U.S. military action was strongest among Democrats (39 percent) and African-Americans (37 percent).