by Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt |
The New York Times
October 9, 2015
The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria.
In Washington, and in politics, it is increasingly rare to hear someone who agrees with one of the more trenchant passages in the pontiff’s address to Congress, “A good political leader,” he said, “always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces.”
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