- - Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Isn’t it sort of contradictory — to say nothing of hypocritical — for the Obama administration to refuse to negotiate with al Qaeda for the release of U.S. contractor Warren Weinstein (“National news: Abducted American appeals for release,” Web, Dec. 26)? Just a few months ago, the White House was ready to arm the rebel groups, of which al Qaeda is a part, in Syria in the fight against President Bashir Assad. That would have been a far deeper and more committed entanglement.