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What I Learned On The Ground In Syria

Ming Holden | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Ming Holden

I am anti-war. That's precisely why I support a US strike in Syria.

The Ugly Comparison of the Syrian Gas Attacks and Pesticide Risk

David Ropeik | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

This is just despicable. Reprehensible. Maria Rodale, the CEO of Rodale, Inc., has likened the purposeful murder of more than 1,400 people in Syria by sarin gas to the alleged health harms of the products of chemical companies.

Uh... Remember Operation Ranch Hand, Mr. Obama

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

Inconsistency makes the US moral argument against chemical weapons difficult to make -- not because it isn't immoral, but because the US is inclined to latch on to the argument only when it's in its national interest to do so.

What We Need & What We Do Not Need: Cliff Notes to Political, Social, and Moral Success

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We need to start at the beginning. Support our children. Educate all children. Rework the justice system. Help those who make small mistakes to atone for them and reintegrate successfully into society, rather than losing them into the system.

Polis To Obama: 'Do Not Attack Syria'

The Boulder Daily Camera | | Posted 11.10.2013 | Denver

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, announced Monday that he opposes U.S. military action against Syria. President Barack Obama is requesting that Congress ...

What Chemical Weapons Feel Like

Adam C. Levine | Posted 11.08.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

Here is the tough thing about war crimes: at the time they are committed, they are often difficult to distinguish from the seemingly random violence occurring all around them. History, though, rarely forgives us for our lack of clarity or our desire for more details.

Obama's Best Case Against Syria, Not Yet Made, Points to Grand Strategy That Would Seal a Deal

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Amazingly, neither Obama nor Kerry has stated their best and most obvious case for airstrikes against Syria: without the strikes, or the credible threat of strikes (see below), the Assad regime will deploy them again and again, and win the civil war hands-down.

Question: Why Did Syria Want Chemical Weapons?

Barry Lando | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Barry Lando

The 800 pound guerrilla hovering behind the Syria debate is Israel and its American backers, one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington.

What President Obama Should Do When Congress Says 'No' to His Syria Resolution

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

I may be wrong, but it is appearing that President Obama's push for retaliation against Syria for the use of chemical weapons is not likely to fly. And when that happens, what should he do?

CNN Obtains Videos Of Chemical Weapons Attack Aftermath (GRAPHIC)

Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

CNN released graphic footage Saturday from 13 different videos showing apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria. According to the CNN report, th...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: CNN Obtains Clips Showing Aftermath Of Syria Chemical Weapons Attacks

CNN | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

(CNN) -- Men sprawled on a tile floor, shirtless and convulsing. Children, too, seemingly unable to control their shaking and flailing. Panic and scre...

What We Are Debating -- and What We Are Not

James Zogby | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
James Zogby

As a result of President Obama's decision to ask Congress to support his call for "limited" strikes against the Assad regime, we find ourselves in the throes of a much needed, but still incomplete, national debate on the wisdom of U.S. policy toward Syria.

Obama to Congress: Thanks for Sharing

Walter Reich | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Walter Reich

Now there will be plenty of people to praise if America's response or non-response proves wise. And plenty to blame if either course of action doesn't. Welcome to democracy. Welcome to politics. And welcome to the unpredictable consequences of military action.

Bomblets of Death in Syria

Mary Wareham | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Mary Wareham

In the aftermath of the Syrian government's cluster bomb attacks, there have been further casualties, particularly from bomblets that didn't detonate during the attack but exploded later when handled.

The Perpetual State of War

Daniel Raphael | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Daniel Raphael

It seems as though America is faced with a blast from the past. The Syrian conflict has escalated, and today Obama announced that he wishes to send aid to the rebellion, and punish Assad for the use of chemical weapons. What does this remind many in America of?

Friday Talking Points -- Potholes on the Moral High Road

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today's big economic news was that the unemployment rate is down to 7.3 percent, the lowest it has been since 2008. In the first year President Obama took office, the Great Recession spiked the rate to 10.0 percent, to put this figure into perspective.

If Limited Strikes Don't Work, Does Obama Have a Plan B?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

If we start bombing Syria, we are potentially committing ourselves to a deeper level of involvement than the administration is now acknowledging.

Americans Are War-Weary, But Washington Is Not

Jeff Faux | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jeff Faux

There are no obvious humanitarian or foreign policy benefits to justify the risk of sparking a region-wide conflagration. Moreover, Obama risks a major domestic backlash. The president and his foreign policy advisers know all this. So why are they willing to take such enormous risks?

Going to War Against Syria

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

So long as our government assures us of "no boots on the ground" or we don't see too many of our soldiers, sailors, and pilots returning home in body bags, we are willing to be pulled along for a short ride.

Six Reasons to Oppose an Attack on Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Here are some of the top talking points that should be raised before members of Congress as to why authorizing US airstrikes on Syria would be a bad idea.

Don't Trust -- Verify -- Syrian Chemical Weapons Allegations

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Jonathan Marshall

Obama is no Bush, but his administration squandered public trust by insisting on the need for an immediate, aggressive response to the Damascus regime before United Nations inspectors had any chance to gather evidence from the scene of the chemical attack.

The Problem of Syria -- and a Solution

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

If the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people that is a real problem -- not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law. But will the U.S. lobbing cruise missiles into Syria provide a solution to the problem?

Sharing the Sufis of Syria

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Emily O'Dell

While today we're all thinking about chemical weapons in Syria, I can't stop thinking about the Sufis there--the living and dead mystic masters and dervishes whom I encountered in Damascus just two months before the civil war began.

Can 'Obama Derangement Syndrome' Help Stop the U.S. from Waging War in Syria?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When it comes to Syria the old saying that even a broken clock is correct twice a day might apply to the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party.

No Coherent Reasons for Syria Strike

Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

The Assad regime in Syria is reprehensible. The use of chemical weapons by any actor is unacceptable. Violence as a tool to effect political change is a monstrosity. All of these things are true, but none justify the United States taking the role of an avenging god.