To arm or not to arm? That is Obama’s question
The U.S. president’s decision on weapons for Syria’s rebels is due shortly; either way, the risks are steep.
“I respectfully submit to you that President Assad is not taking your carefully phrased condemnations as warnings, but as loopholes, which justify his continued use of chemical weapons on a small, strategic scale,” Gen. Salim Idris, chief of staff of the Free Syrian Army, wrote to President Obama on April 30. “Mr. President, I understand the reasons behind your cautious involvement in Syria. But...
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