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Syrian showdown continues

Syrian Showdown Continues
Syria remains our top story today as we inch closer to what inevitably appears to be some form of military action. As I told you yesterday, before the week is done we are likely to see the United States engage in limited cruise missile strikes in Syria in an effort to punish Assad for his use of chemical weapons. The goal of the United States is not to remove Assad from power, nor is it the goal of the United States at this time to help rebel forces in their cause for a regime change. Intelligence officials have confirmed that Assad did, in fact, use chemical weapons based on an intercepted phone calls during last week's attack. As of today, the United States believes it needs to strike quickly because the Assad regime appears to be readying for another chemical attack in the largest city of Aleppo. But if the United States chooses to strike, Iran and Syria have threatened to direct retaliation at Israel. Israel is preparing for a possible strike, issuing gas masks to its citizens and calling up reserve troops. Are we witnessing the beginning of what could potentially be the next World War? The Commander and Chief better have a plan for the sake of America and our allies.

Is This A Good Idea?
The decision for the United States to engage in limited military strikes has been met with skepticism for many reasons. Some believe that a limited strike will accomplish nothing of substance in Syria and only inflame tensions in the region and put Israel at risk. Many pundits, including myself, think that the decision to engage in these limited strikes is merely so the Obama administration can check off the box of having “done something” in response to Assad; I've been calling this “therapeutic bombing.” I'm not really sure what the administration feels it will ultimately accomplish by doing this, other than cover for Obama's “red line” comment he made last year. There is debate over whether or not Obama must seek Congressional approval in order to act. Should any military action (including launching cruise missiles) be considered an act of war? At this point, it doesn't look like Obama will seek Congressional approval while it does look like he will launch these missiles. I wonder what Senator Obama would have said about this action by a president? For more on the conflict in Syria, check out's latest coverage.

50th Anniversary March on Washington
Today marks a historic day in this nation. It is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. On this day we must ask ourselves: Has MLK's dream been fully realized? While there is no doubt that our country has come along way in the last 50 years, one can't help but notice the rhetoric from some leaders of the black community and often from Obama himself in what appears to be an effort to divide us along racial lines. Dr. Ben Carson reflected on this important anniversary. He points out that MLK would be “extraordinarily pleased” by many of the things he would see today and disappointed by others. Dr. Carson says, “I think King would be waging a crusade against the marginalization of black lives in America.” You can read his entire piece here. Recent polling shows that a disparity still exists between how African-Americans and whites view race. For example, a new CBS News poll found, “Forty percent of blacks say there is a lot of discrimination against African-Americans today, compared to just 15 percent of whites who say that.” While more than half of Americans believe that race relations are generally good, the number has slipped during the Obama administration. We are not a perfect nation but we've made leaps to becoming a better nation. I will continue to discuss issues facing the African-American community and I hope that conservative African-American voices will be accepted and praised as worthy voices in an important discussion.