"U.S. is deeply concerned by reports that hundreds of Syrian civilians have been killed in an attack by Syrian government forces, including by the use of chemical weapons…"

— White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, August 21, 13 (via statedept)

Assad or the Rebels…it doesn’t matter at this point. No wounds or blood can be seen on these children, chemical weapons were clearly used. Why would Assad resist a UN inspection of the site if he is innocent? A multi-nation coalition can end this disaster without picking sides via a no-fly zone and destruction/control of chemical stockpiles. Both sides likely play some role in the atrocities, civilians don’t. US intervention is of course not ideal, but it is time to step up. 

Gassing children…is this the next holocaust?

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It’s time to fix our broken immigration system.

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It’s time to fix our broken immigration system.

A Note On Egypt

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This is what a power transition looks like in a democracy….

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…This is not.

When Washington supported the rebels in their movement against Mubarak’s police state in 2011 it was aligned with U.S. policy of supporting the spread of democracy. Although the White House has not put out an official statement on the June 30th military coup, its stance to not overtly support the rebellion is still aligned with our policy and is the right thing to do. Senator Ted Cruz has condemned the Obama Administration for remaining on the sidelines of this issue. However I think he is overlooking one thing: Mohammad Morsi was FREELY elected by the Egyptian people. With his membership to the Muslim Brotherhood, this was of course horrifying to us and much of the world. However, he was the choice of the people. It is not the role of the United States to interfere with majority rule of another nation. Remember what happened when we did interfere in Iran? When Morsi was elected, President Obama did not congratulate the brotherhood, he praised the use of a democratic election. The only tangible way to help other nations is to support the spread of the system that has made us so strong. If a terrorist is elected in the Middle East, quite frankly that sucks, but stopping it will dampen a natural progression for good to win out against evil. Nations who elect extremist and often terrorist-affliated leaders will eventually see that it will not lead to prosperity. Just as Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are now realizing with Hamas, extremist governments don’t get support from the rest of the world, and this leads to pretty dire economic situations and suffering.

The Egyptians realized this with Morsi, thus there was a military takeover, However this is not the way to enact a peaceful transition of power. If a leader ends up failing in the majority’s eyes, democratic policy is to hold an impeachment trial. So Obama is not supporting the Muslim Brotherhood by not praising the rebels. That would be a mis-use of the transitive property, supporting democracy does NOT equal supporting the ideologies of whomever is elected. A military takeover only stands to add chaos and make it more unlikely that a better candidate will be elected. So what do Egyptian civilians get other than more instability, more chaos, and more chance for the Brotherhood to retaliate violently? I hope that this time around a Brotherhood member does not find themselves elected once again, but if one is we cannot interfere. 

See Ted Cruz’s article here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/03/our_friend_in_cairo_ted_cruz_obama_morsy?page=0,0

"Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re pre-born, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked."

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