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John McCain On Syria: We Must Act

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Fox News that he finds America's lack of support for the Syrian population "shameful," criticizing the Obama administr...

Syria Strike - Symbolic or Conflict Altering?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Intervention, even if limited or "measured" has to calculate the possibilities beyond the initial strike from counterstrikes and further escalation by Assad forces, to the diplomatic response of adversaries and hesitant allies.

A Case for Blowing Things Up

Philip Seib | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Philip Seib

Despite the allure of soft power as a way to deal with international disputes, there is no getting away from the sad reality that hard power is sometimes needed.

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...

Everything You Need To Know About Syria's Chemical Weapons Program

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2013 | World

By Anthony Deutsch and Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMSTERDAM/AMMAN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Syria, defeated by Israel in three wars and afraid its ...

Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas: Report

Foreign Policy | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone...

House Intelligence Chair: There's 'Compelling' Evidence Of Chemical Attacks

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House intelligence committee said on Tuesday that the evid...

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.

Obama's War of Choice in Syria Isn't Defensive or Humanitarian

John Glaser | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
John Glaser

U.S. airstrikes won't neuter Assad's ability to continue to fight, may prompt worse violence from Assad, and may even directly kill more Syrian civilians. It seems clear these airstrikes are not about preventing more regime violence or saving the Syrian people. So what are they about?

Here We Go Again - At War in Syria

Terry Newell | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

We are clearly on the verge of military intervention in the Syrian civil war. The precipitating factor seems to be evidence (we have been told exists...

Power: Assad Has Used Chemical Weapons

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

In a tweet posted Monday evening, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said that chemical weapons are devastating Syrian civilians, cl...

What Happens After We Bomb Syria?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are no easy answers, and there may in fact be no good answers either. There may in fact be only bad options, struggling to define which is the worst outcome.

They Did Not Die, We Died, The World's Conscience Died

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Ani Zonneveld

A few days ago, children and families of Syria died, gassed for a political gain. We have seen this before and we claim to have vowed, "never again."

Does the 'Red Line' Apply to Syrian Rebels, Too?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

In recent months, fractured Syrian opposition offered little resistance to Assad's forces. Strategically, there would be no upside to Assad using nerve gas at a time when conventional weapons were sufficient in putting down the opposition.

Britain: Syria Chemical Evidence May Already Be Gone

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

(Adds quotes, context) LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Britain said on Sunday that evidence of a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of ...

When the U.S. Turned Its Back on Chemical Attacks

Barry Lando | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Barry Lando

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have long been outraged by charges that the Assad government was using chemical weapons. Their feelings are understandable -- right? How could any U.S. administration stand by as an Arab dictator gassed his own people?

U.S. Focuses On Nailing Down Facts In Potential 'Outrageous' Attack

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was unable to conclusively say that chemical weapons were used in an alleged de...

Syria and the Slide Toward Insanity

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

We should not close our eyes to genocide and injustice, just as we shouldn't ignore world hunger or disease. But we do need to understand what works and what doesn't.

Despite Horrific Repression, the U.S. Should Stay Out of Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Stephen Zunes

Opposing U.S. support for the armed resistance in Syria has nothing to do with indifference, isolationism, or even pacifism.

More Syria Chemical Attacks Reported

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2013 | World

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT, May 27 (Reuters) - Heavy fighting raged around the strategic Syrian border town of Qusair and the capital Dam...

Why GOP Attacks on Obama Foreign Policy Are Shameless

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

You have to assume that by continuing to pursue the Benghazi "scandal" story, the GOP is trying to imply that Obama is "soft on terrorism," when in fact he has done more to destroy the al Qaeda terrorist network than the neo-cons who surrounded Bush could have dreamed.

How Syria's Chemical Weapons Could Fall Into The Wrong Hands

TIME | Posted 07.07.2013 | World

Even in light of recent evidence that Syria's embattled ruler, Bashar al-Assad, might have used nerve gas against his own people, Barack Obama seems r...

Do Red Lines on WMDs Matter?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Lionel Beehner

There has been mounting criticism of the Obama administration for setting a line in the sand on Syria -- the movement or use of chemical weapons -- and then apparently failing to act out on its promise. The criticism has come in two varieties.

Pressure To Intervene In Syria Mounting

The New Yorker | Dexter Filkins | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

On several occasions, President Obama has declared that if the regime used chemical weapons, or even prepared to use them, it would be crossing a “r...