NATO should initiate a No Fly Zone and Protection area in the north of Syria for four million Syrian refugees.

Just a few days ago, the NY Times reported that four million refugees wanted to leave Syria for safer havens. The problem is that the Europeans and Americans don’t want these people.  Should the United States and its NATO allies just watch as these people are bombed and starved to death.  I remember that a few voices called for intervention back when the war in Syria was just starting, such as Hillary Clinton —  quietly, and Nicholas Kristoff — more publicly.

It is time for the United States to try and rally NATO to initiate a No Fly Zone and Protection area in the north of Syria, where four or five million Syrians can live free of bombs, and start to rebuild with the help of the world community. Yes, it would cost some money, but many hands make lighter work. At least, the U.S. should try to organize NATO and the world community.

The Washington Post also supports this idea of a no fly zone, at the end of the following editorial, but in conjunction with developing a Syrian force to bring down the Assad regime.
They also write: “We’d like to hope that the words of the president and secretary of state suggest that the administration is reconsidering its refusal to take consequential action against the Assad regime, which continues to cross the red line once established by Mr. Obama by using chemical agents against civilians — and is the root source of the turmoil destroying both Syria and Iraq.”

A new report offers a possible path to ending the Assad regime and its crimes.
washingtonpost.com
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Paul Krugman: Greece on the Brink!

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:

For retirees, who are dependent on the market, these dark clouds are worth paying attention to. There appears here, a sad echo between the damaging austerity climate in Europe, and the devastation caused by debtor’s prison in the US over traffic tickets and child support which has decimated the black male population.

Just as a workable economic compromise should be possible, a new government is wary of Europe’s intentions.
nytimes.com|By Paul Krugman

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Images Show China Building Aircraft Runway in Disputed Spratly Islands – NYTimes.com

There goes the neighborhood.

Images Show China Building Aircraft Runway in Disputed Spratly Islands – NYTimes.com.

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Video of Tom Friedman interviewing President Barack Obama.

This is the whole interview on video, 46 minutes. Not for all, but excellent. Friedman identifies an Obama Doctrine, from strength, engage your enemies in negotiations. Obama has recreated relations with Burma and Cuba. Iran is a bigger enemy to work with. One of the good comments after the op-ed piece points out that this approach echos that of another president, Teddy Roosevelt, who said the US should talk softly, but carry a big stick. Three cheers for our President Barack Obama.

President Obama talks with Thomas L. Friedman about the calculations that informed the Iran nuclear framework and what they say about his overall approach to foreign policy.
nytimes.com|By The New York Times
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Barack Obama has been consistently excellent in foreign policy. The deal with Iran has great potential.

Barack Obama is great president. He has been consistently excellent in foreign policy. This new deal with Iran, might be great improvement for both countries. I have viewed the videos, they are inspiring. Here is the most recommended comment after the interview.
dave nelson
CA Yesterday      “Ask yourself which of the GOP candidates can make such a coherent -thoughtful and eloquent statement about their foreign policy!

Which ones can speak beyond platitudes and populist rhetoric on issues of importance.

Obama is a great and vastly under-appreciated president by an electorate that cannot discern between those unqualified demagogues pandering to their emotions to attain office and those with the intellect and depth of character and experience and wisdom to work in their best interests and common well being.”
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In a video interview with Thomas L. Friedman, President Obama discussed the calculations that informed the Iran nuclear framework and what they say about his overall approach to foreign policy.
nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman
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David Brooks: Jews in Exodus depended on song and dance, as well as God.

David Brooks reports in his NYT column, that Jews in Exodus depended on song and dance, as well as God.

Apparently, they sang: But if somehow you could pack up your sorrows, And give them all to me…..

The story from the Book of Exodus that Jews read as part of the Passover Seder offers subtler strategies and techniques for finding strength and happiness.
nytimes.com|By David Brooks
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A Promising Nuclear Deal With Iran – NYTimes.com

A Promising Nuclear Deal With Iran – NYTimes.com.

My favorite comment following the editorial of the NYT:

Mark

is a trusted commenter Cheboyagen, MI 11 hours ago

Let me add my thanks and congratulations to Sec Kerry and most of all to President Obama and his team for the bravery and work it took to acheive this deal. Also congratulations to the leaders of Iran. I thank all of you for finding a way toward a more peaceful earth in my life time.
It isn’t lost on me that the people of Israel and Iran are still suspicious of the others intentions, but one hopes that the people of Iran and Israel with their rich heritage and cultures can find a way to peaceful coexistence. Fondly do we hope.

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