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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.

Fooling Ourselves Into War

Gavin de Becker | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Gavin de Becker

Today, we are warned by John Kerry and others that if we don't act with lethal force, the Syrian government will kill thousands more people. Let's not be deluded: When we do intervene militarily, the Syrian government (and we) will kill thousands more. And anti-Assad forces will also kill more. We've been reminded often in the past few weeks that chemical weapons are awful -- and carefully not reminded that conventional weapons are too. It's tragic when civilians are killed by their own countrymen or when foreign civilians are killed by our countrymen. It's tragic when our soldiers are killed or when their soldiers are killed. But none of those tragedies will be influenced by the political posturing this week. Rather, the result of congressional hearings is that responsibility for the attack(s) on Syria will be distributed more comfortably for all concerned, and there will be a more comfortable consensus about which of these tragedies are necessary evils.

The Race Against the Clock for UN Weapons Investigators

Seamus McKiernan | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Seamus McKiernan

UN weapons inspectors are working "round the clock." But will the world see their full report on Syria before a possible U.S. military strike?

Why the Congressional Resolution on Chemical Weapons Is Completely Different From Iraq War Resolution

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

There has been a lot said in the last week comparing the Congressional resolution authorizing the use of force to punish Bashar al Assad's government for using chemical weapons to the resolution authorizing the Iraq War. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Top 10 Unproven Claims for War Against Syria

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

The American people have a right to a full release and vetting of all facts before their elected representatives are asked to make a decision of great consequence for America, Syria and the world.

Suddenly Syria: Obama's, Heh, Plan

William Bradley | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

For a guy who has worked for the last few years at low-balling the complex challenge of Syria, President Barack Obama has uncannily found just the way to make it bigger than ever.

Beyond Left and Right on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to approve a resolution to attack Syria on a vote of 10-7. But the breakdown of the voting reveals that this was in no way a party-line vote.

This Is Not Iraq: This Is Syri...us

Jim Worth | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

We're told that Syria is much different than Iraq. If the word 'wolf' comes to mind, ignore it. These are the same people that wanted to attack Iran less than a year ago because they were eerily close to a nuclear weapon.

Zach Carter

Jeff Flake Blasts Obama For Making GOP Vote On Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pressed Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday over the Obama administration's decision to seek congressiona...

Number One... With a Bullet

Turk Pipkin | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Turk Pipkin

While we debate our nation's role as the enforcers of the proper morality of war and weapons of mass destruction, it might serve us to remember that our commitments - and lack of commitments - to global peace greatly help shape our image and standing in the world.