The following interview is an excellent story of Syria told by an old Syrian activist, Yassin Al-Haj Saleh. He is now in his late fifties and tells (philosophically) of both his personal and countries plight under the al-Assad regimes’. Murtaza Hussain & Marwan Hisham ask some intriguing questions and in return get some insightful answers.
However, as much as Yassin Al-Haj Saleh portrays a deserved heroic life under incredibly harsh conditions, I do not believe he fully appreciates or understands the U.S. (West) position and more importantly the global implications of a regional, religious, and cultural problem.
I will provide my personal assessment of his observations and experience by commenting (highlighted) at the end of individual paragraphs and let you decide their validity.
by Murtaza Hussain & Marwan Hisham
The source CNN article below joyfully quotes a gleeful Nancy Pelosi, “Today’s a great day for our country,” adding later, “It’s pretty exciting for us.” Do CNN and Pelosi really mean what they write or say in response to the Republicans pulling the health care bill? Likewise, congressional comments and carefully crafted titles like this one from CNN also confuse us, “victory”…whose victory, certainly not the American people.
How is this “a great day” and a “victory” when we are that much further from fixing an imploding health care system? And more confusing is who was Pelosi speaking for?
President Trump’s first National Security Advisor (NSA) pick, retired Army LTG Mike Flynn, was a mistake. Flynn did not appear to have the skills, temperament or policy background to navigate or manage U.S. security actions, especially in such a heavily scrutinized political position. Flynn’s background is purely intelligence with little security or political savvy outside of the military. However, Trumps’ new pick, LTG H.R. McMasters, appears to possess a better qualifications and is considered within the military, an iconic visionary. A better strategist, very good on his feet and more than adept to provide credible and sound policy advice as well as effectively manage the National Security Council (NSC).
The new NSA’s intellectual curiosity, articulate skills, pragmatism, and insatiable appetite to challenge the status quo makes him a tremendous and non-controversial asset for the administration. Or does it?