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From Reformer to Slaughterer: The Family Dynamics That Transformed Syria's Bashar al-Assad

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Avidan Milevsky

As the White House, the Syrian government, and the world await the upcoming congressional vote about the use of force against Syria many unanswered qu...

Obama Increasingly Isolated on Syria as Opposition Mounts at Home and Abroad

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

President Obama's proposed "humanitarian" bombing of Syria, which seemed like a done deal just a few days ago, is now running into serious trouble both at home and abroad. This is a great thing for those who care about human life.

Creating New Norms: Explaining Obama's Red Line

Aryeh Younger | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Aryeh Younger

We can't afford to choose sides in this war, and there's no guarantee that our side would win. Afghanistan and Iraq have already proved that at great costs.

We Have an Ethical Obligation to Intervene in Syria

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Joseph Amodeo

The United States has an ethical obligation to intervene in the humanitarian crisis plaguing Syria. This obligation is not born from seeking to "spread" western principles of governance, but rather to ensure the sustainability of civilization itself.

Attack or No Attack on Syria -- Obama Wins

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

So the world looks to America to lead. Is seeking the approval of the American people through their elected leaders a 'failure' of leadership? Is a propensity to think before acting a sign of weakness?

Letter to the President From a Fellow Lawyer: Please Answer to Congress the Hard Questions That Cameron Couldn't

Ben Hanuka | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Ben Hanuka

Here is the gist of my humble advice to you, Mr. President: Stop fixating over the use of chemical weapons and look at ending the civil war in Syria.

Syria and the Foreign Policy Echo Chamber

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

For the U.S., the hardest part of crafting a Syria policy is not deciding on an approach, but recognizing the limits of what the U.S. can do and the realities that U.S. action could lead to making the situation much worse.

A Progressive Perspective: Why Congress Should Approve the President's Request to Punish the Use of Chemical Weapons

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

History will judge us harshly, if we stand by idly, and legitimate the use of chemical weapons -- and weapons of mass destruction in general -- by allowing their use in the view of the full world to go unpunished.

Christina Wilkie

Saudi Arabia Backs Syria Strikes | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal called on the international community Sunday to take action against the regime of Syrian ...

Christina Wilkie

McCain Demands 'Plan And A Strategy' On Syria Intervention | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said on CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday that he will not vote to authorize U.S. military action in Syria until he...

Christina Wilkie

Rand Paul Says 'Rebels Winning Is A Bad Idea For Christians' In Syria | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday portrayed the current conflict in Syria as one between the government of President Bashar Al Assad, who ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the White House sought to thrust the nation into military action in the Middle East, claiming that its "high confidence" in our intelligence obviated the need to allow U.N. inspectors to complete their work. Sound familiar? It's like a bad summer sequel, with many of the same actors. But like the original, there are many holes in the plot. If "there is no action," the president proclaimed, "that is a danger to our national security." But he didn't say how. Also unexplained: what happens after we strike? Since the decision has been made not to take out Assad, how exactly are we "holding him accountable"? By killing innocent people who had nothing to do with the attack? That actually does affect our security. This time, however, the Coalition of the Unwilling -- one that goes beyond left vs. right -- is much larger. Urging action, John Kerry cautioned: "It is directly related to our credibility." On that he is 100 percent right.

After the Speech: On Policy, Both Domestic and Foreign Images

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 10.31.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The Syrian civil war has not fundamentally changed as a result of Saturday's speech. The president still has time to put together a coherent domestic and foreign agenda, one which will preclude any possibility for misunderstandings on the part of Assad and his Iranian and Hezbollah allies.

Obama Makes Announcement On Syria

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama addressed the crisis in Syria on Saturday, saying he has decided the United States should take military action against regime t...

Red Lines & Deadlines: Syria (Seriously)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Sorting through the options. (Hint: There aren't any good ones.)...

Surely You Can't Be Syrious

Travis Irvine | Posted 10.30.2013 | Comedy
Travis Irvine

Well, Syria, congratulations, you've made it onto the United States' naughty list. Now prepare to deal with the ramifications! And of course, by ramifications, I mean missiles and bombs.

Allen West: Obama 'Acted Stupidly'

The Huffington Post | Katie Burkhart | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

Following Secretary of State John Kerry's statement Friday regarding unrest in Syria, former Florida Rep. Allen West (R) took to Facebook to slam the ...

Joshua Hersh

Syrian Opposition Has Mixed Feelings About U.S. Plan | Joshua Hersh | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- As the U.S. continues to ramp up its plans to target the Syrian military with cruise missile strikes, Syrian citizens and opposition figure...

Lines Must Be Drawn In Syria

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

War is contrary to the will of God. That is a foundational belief of mine. Any time force is used it must be seen as a failure of the human imagination to develop the just peace needed to free the world from on-going conflicts.

Too Burned Out on War to Care

John Michael | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
John Michael

We have a clear understanding of where the line in the sand is, we just aren't willing to do anything if and when it is crossed. It's hearing your neighbor beating his wife and turning on the air conditioning.

Re-teaching the Holocaust: A Call for Intervention in Syria

Aryeh Younger | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Aryeh Younger

The indiscriminant killing of civilians in Syria cannot be ignored by the international community any longer. As Americans in our post-Holocaust world, we have the duty to prevent the slaughter of innocents when given the opportunity.

Syria Evacuates Most Army Buildings In Damascus: Residents

Reuters | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Posted 08.28.2013 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's forces appear to have evacuated most personnel from army and security ...

Russia To Withdraw Personnel From Syria Naval Base

Reuters | Steve Gutterman | Posted 08.28.2013 | World

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Russia is preparing to withdraw personnel from its naval maintenance and supply facility on Syria's M...

Ban Ki-moon: Weapons Inspectors In Syria Need Time To Complete Probe

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

THE HAGUE, Aug 28 (Reuters) - United Nations inspectors should be given time to determine whether forces have used chemical weapons in Syria's civil...

On Bombing Syria

George Kenney | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
George Kenney

Such an action could only be taken in the certain knowledge that by increasing the tempo of the civil war in Syria we would dramatically increase the suffering of millions of innocent Syrian civilians.