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Syrian objectives


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson

Is Obama considering attacking Syria because a precedent has been set in the use of chemical weapons? If this is the case then, unfortunately, the precedent has already been set. Saddam Hussein used chemical agents more than once to slaughter rebellious Kurds in far greater numbers than what has occurred in Syria. Plus, as George Will points out, he used them against them against Iran. Earlier, Egypt used chemical weapons in Yemen.

When Saddam and Egytpians poisoned their enemies, we got a tut-tut here and tut-tut there, and here a tut, there a tut, but not everywhere a tut-tut. The world, who Obama says is responsible for drawing a line in the sand, did nothing. What has happened since?

Inasmuch as we ignored their murderous use before, does that mean the world decided to draw this redline only after these horrendous weapons were used a fourth time? Did the world agree that we all would give a free pass to whoever used them the first few times but hammer number four?

But Obama and his administration is absolutely certain we are told. How so? Aren’t the intelligence agencies the same ones many in this administration criticized during the Bush administration for being unreliable? But now they are absolutely reliable? One of our problems is that there is some uncertainty about who actually used chemical weapons and there is absolutely is uncertainty about the objective of US military action.

Moreover, the track record of this administration’s foreign policy is hardly inspiring. Obama did his best to push out Egypt’s Mubarak Our military forces attacked Libya in spite of the fact that Gadaffi had essentially decided to become the West’s buddy. We abandoned Iraq and created a violent power vacuum that is killing thousands. Arab Spring they called it as a testament to Obama’s messianic “influence” in the Middle East. Not Arab Spring but Arab Ice Age is what we got.

But what is the point? What is the goal? How will we know when we have won? The basic requirement in use of military force is the provision of a clear objective. For example, strategic guidance Eisenhower received before allies invaded Europe during WWII is a perfect example of a simple and clear order. He was directed to cross the English Channel and defeat the Germans.

Lt. Col Allen West, USA (Ret), a former Florida Congressman points out that, “A military campaign .....
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One Moment, Please... Lifelong education

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com By now, a fleet of students have descended upon college campuses throughout America. And, when I say “fleet,” I’m serious. According to ..... 
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Tales of the White Front: Part 3

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis As dawn creeps into the valley, I step out on the cement apron under the canopy of the White Front. There is a stillness, a quiet beauty. The last stars twinkle and are gone. A translucent turquoise invades the sky and dispels th ..... 
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In Washington, ideology need not reign supreme

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
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By Lee H. Hamilton As I speak to people about the Congress, one question arises more than any other: Why is Congress gridlocked? People are perplexed and disappointed with its performance, and are searching hard for an answer. The roots of Congre ..... 
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Be better

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
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By Eric Leitzen For those of you who don’t know how this “biz” works (and yes, I’m being sarcastic), I write these articles and submit them on the Wednesday before the paper goes out. This time around, that Wednesday happens to be the Twent ..... 
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For Better or Worse, It Is the Law

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
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By Karen Reisner Sifting through all the over the top rhetoric makes it hard for us to determine the potential long lasting effect the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to a Obamacare, will have on us as health c ..... 
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Hate ain’t in our bones

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson The right, and particularly conservatives are often accused of being haters. Supposedly we hate homosexuals, people of other races, women, and you can fill in the blank for a variety of other people or causes. As general rule tho ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Your vote counts

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com You’ve probably noticed a promotion in the Fillmore County Journal relating to the Reader’s Choice Awards. While ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Recognition deserved

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
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By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com As we continue to strive to provide our readers with a better quality product, there are so many elements that go int ..... 
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