Although the G20 is focused on economic policy, the big issue will be a response to Syria – not the first time the group has veered into security issues.
The US is becoming less dependent on Arab oil, Salhani writes, making it less of an issue when it comes to decisions about Syria and the Middle East.
A strike on Syria may well cause more havoc in that tinder-box region of the world by unleashing still more hatred for America, the West, and for Israel, and more recruits to terrorism, Reich writes.
President Obama's decision to seek congressional approval and global support for a strike against Syria is laudable. But the US – and Mr. Obama – might have to go it alone. Chemical weapons are in a terrible class by themselves. The world must maintain its taboo against them.