In a weekend interview with a French television station, Mr. Ford insisted that the United States has no intention of invading Syria.
“We are not dithering. We are not hesitating,” he said of U.S. diplomatic efforts. “We are striving for a peaceful political solution.
“Even the Syrian people do not want a [foreign] military solution to the crisis.”
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
• Vice President Xi Jinping of China, who meets President Obama. Mr. Xi is expected to be the next president of China.
• Harald Muller, director of the Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt, Germany, and one of Europe’s leading experts on nuclear weapons. He addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
• Christina Jutzi, deputy director of public policy at the Canadian Department of National Defense. She addresses students at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
• Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297 or email jmorrison@washingtontimes. com. The column is published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.