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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Russia's help is good news, not bad

Russia's help is good news, not bad

Cal Thomas greatly misreads what is happening with regard to Syria ("Putin played Obama like a fiddle," Sept. 12). President Barack Obama's stated objective was to enforce the international norm prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. The fact that Syria agreed to become party to the Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpiles is a victory. How Mr. Thomas turns that into a defeat for the president is beyond logic. Utilizing a patron state for diplomatic ends isn't new. The United States uses China to advance its interests in North Korea. Should it be any surprise that this model worked with Russia and Syria? Now it...