In the 1980s, pursuing a "contain the USSR at any cost" policy, we armed and trained the Afghan insurgents fighting Soviet occupation. These "freedom fighters," we now know, were the
In Syria today, another despotic dictatorship is being opposed by a heterogeneous coalition of insurgents that includes al-Qaeda operatives and other groups determined to take advantage of the chaos to further their own anti-American, anti-democratic goals.
In order to avoid history repeating itself, the United States must take a restrained, informed approach rather than the "shoot first, ask questions later" path advocated by Messrs. Ehrlich and Romney.
It is easy for a candidate to tell the president what to do when he doesn't bear any responsibility for the outcome.
What makes the stakes so high this time is that an extremist, anti-Western, Taliban-like state in Syria would share borders with our democratic allies,