- - Monday, September 9, 2013

President Obama’s policy maneuvers regarding Syria just don’t add up. While some may attribute them to incompetence, I think they are a deliberate attempt by a desperate White House to divert attention from the critical issues at hand, such as GOP-led efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act and break the “comprehensive immigration reform” bill into logical and manageable steps that don’t make the problem worse.

As I watch the public discourse on the Syrian issue, memories of George Orwell’s novel “1984” come to mind. In the novel, the ruling elites create a state of perpetual war to divert the people from the real issue (their own oppressive government), just as Obama is doing with Syria. Orwell accurately predicted the future Western civilization. The only thing he got wrong was the date.

GARY KANADY

Centreville