Whoever wrote the headline for the Gene Lyons column in the Sept. 27 edition of the Item got it wrong (it was Syria).
Far from being a win for diplomacy, the Syrian affair has all of the makings of a diplomatic disaster for Obama and the USA. The president had painted himself into a corner by drawing a line in the sand, and then trying to extricate himself by saying “I didn’t draw a line in the sand; the international community did.” When that didn’t work, he decided to ask for congressional approval to lob a few missiles into Syria, knowing full well that neither house would vote for it.
This would have gotten him off the hook, but still looking weak and indecisive. But before the vote could be taken. Secretary of State, John Kerry, made one of his classic diplomatic blunders by stating that the only thing that could prevent this miniscule strike would be if Syria gave up it’s WMD’s. This could have been a master stroke if Kerry had not added “but that’s not going to happen.” This was too good for Russia’s thuggish master of gamesmanship and opportunism, Vladimir Putin, to step in and take charge of brokering Syria’s offer to do away with it’s WMD’s.
Leroy Gilbert, Carriere
Bill Allain rose above nasty campaign
The announcement of former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain’s death this week at the age of 85 brought back memories of the time 30 years ago when Mississippi and the rest of the nation waded through one of the more bizarre chapters in the state’s political history and perhaps the dirtiest campaign seen in this state before or since.
State at bottom of list in solar friendly laws
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Gov. Bryant’s mulishness costing state
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With voter ID now law, we must protect right for all who are eligible
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Obama resilient in face of polls
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Lure of home was strong for author
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Rural homeless less obvious
As we transition from the traditional Thanksgiving feast into the Christmas season, it’s easy to forget that there are those for whom Thanksgiving and Christmas are just another day.
Budget can kicked down road
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State should make vendor access easier
It’s too hard for companies to track down information on how to sell goods and services to state government and Mississippi should make it easier to do business with the state, a legislative watchdog group said.
MSU to host historic reunion game
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