Some in the U.S. concluded that at long last, Tehran desires a thaw in its relations with Washington and a normalization. I remain skeptical, hoping they are correct, but unwilling to make that leap for a number of reasons.
Our leaders, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, must never forget the character of this man whom they are counting on to rescue them from the Syrian quagmire. Mr. Putin is no white knight.
Should the civil war be left unchecked, it will inevitably spill over to the rest of the region with horrific regional ramifications. The U.S. simply cannot afford to be passive when the stakes are so high.
No good deed goes unpunished, as the French say. Case in point: President Obama's drawing and holding a "red line" against Syrian president Bashar al...
Of all American politicians, it is Senator John McCain who seems to really "get it" when it comes to dealing with the Assad regime.
Bashar Assad, his mobilized state-run press and some of his remaining sycophantic supporters in Lebanon and other Arab states are celebrating a victory. Well, the dictator is entitled to his moment of relief, but if he really believes that he scored a victory he is engaged in a self-delusion exercise.
The United States could help avoid an even worse humanitarian crisis in Syria by guaranteeing Temporary Protected status to all peaceful Syrians who make it to the U.S.
Bashar was pushed into his leadership position because his older brother, the initially designated choice to carry on the family torch, died before he was able to fulfill his father's dreams of glory.
Whether or not the Russian gambit of getting the Syrians to give up their chemical weapons (CW) works, it is important that the pressure on Assad and his supporters not let up until there is a verifiable deal in place.
Can't there be other gleaming palaces? Can't there be other shining cities on other hills? Isn't there room enough in this globe for the two or more of us?
Well, this is odd. The heck with an exit strategy. We can't even work out an admittance maneuver. The automatic door-opener that proved so reliable fo...
President Obama and his entourage insist that America's credibility to use force prompted the Russians to persuade Assad give up his chemical weapons to avert an American attack. In truth, many keen observers suggest that the president was only too eager to grab Putin's proposal.
Since the Syria crisis began, there has been lots of talk from both sides of the political spectrum about how America should not be the "world's polic...
Countries ideologically standing up against Syria's aberration from international law, can only vie for what's called "negative peace," merely maintaining the absence of war, but not ensuring "positive peace," the mutual betterment by working together.
Yes, we feel the outrage of Syria's horrific civil war, and no, we're not content doing nothing about that or any other massacre taking place on the planet, whether perpetrated by ally or designated enemy. But we're sick of the inane "solutions."
Mr. Putin, it's one thing to put down exceptionalism, but before you do that, you at least have to produce one Broadway show, or make one commercial airliner, or invent one type of salad.