TIM KELLER: It was only yesterday, March 20, that we learned that we have a new president.
It was only days ago that we were told that a new Congress is in place.
It will be difficult for the president to change his mind about the use of force in Syria.
But I hope the next four years do not see a new presidency led by a president who doesn’t know how to run an empire, and is going to use every power of the presidency to expand the war in Syria and to make sure that there is no end to it.
This is an election year.
It is a time for us to make decisions, to make statements, to act, to do what is right.
This is the time to do it.
It’s not a time to make false promises or to play a game of politics.
The new president has the power to do these things.
He has the capacity to make these decisions, and he has the responsibility to keep them.
And we need him to be able to do them.
As president, we should not take for granted the possibility that we can do this.
It does not happen every day.
It happens every couple of months.
And it is going, every couple months.
The future is looking bright, but it’s not always going to be this way.
It’s going to require some kind of a political effort that will help us get this done.
And that’s what this election is about.
I am not going to say that it’s the end of the world.
The past four years have been a time of great uncertainty.
But there are still opportunities for the United States to make progress.
And the most important thing is that the United Kingdom and France and the United Nations are united in a common cause, in a determination to achieve a political solution in Syria that allows a political transition, in which Syria will be a part of the political order of the region.
If we have to change course, we can’t do it on our own.
We must work with all of our allies.
And there are some people in the international community who will be able and willing to take us in.
And I know we are going to need the leadership of people who are willing to do the right thing.
The United States and the international coalition are working on the most complex political and security task in the world, and I think we are getting there.
We will make it work.
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A previous version of this article incorrectly said Tim Kelly is the author of “Time.”
It is TIME magazine.