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Procrastinating Obama Is Rudderless on Syria

William J. Furney | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
William J. Furney

The civilized world cannot stand by while civilians are gassed; that's a given. But beyond any immediate, temporary retaliation, we all must be concerned with a settlement to a war that threatens to drag on for years more and further decimate Syria and its people.

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?

Is Authority Permission?

Jim Moore | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

By a limited definition of Article II, the president can act on the spot in an emergency to protect American interests. That authority is still not, in my opinion, a blanket permission to act unilaterally in Syria.

Congress on Vacation

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


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.

An Open Letter to the Congress on Syria

Yassamin Ansari | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Yassamin Ansari

The potential negative consequences of intervention are many, but isn't the risk of letting Assad get away with using chemical weapons even greater?

Putin: 'Utter Nonsense' For Assad To Use Chemical Weapons

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2013 | World

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to...

Syria and Sudan: Our Selective Moral Outrage

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

It is legalistic hair-splitting to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria while turning a blind eye to the deliberate and sustained targeting of unarmed civilians in Sudan.

Protection of Civilians Must be Priority in Syria

Tom Andrews | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

With more than 100,000 people killed and more than six million displaced within Syria or to neighboring countries, the current approach has clearly failed. And the longer the war continues, the deeper sectarian hatreds will build, increasing the chances for mass atrocities and genocide.

Why Should We Believe Them This Time?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Over and over we have told ourselves, surely this latest attack on another country must have something to do with national security; surely our government has the big picture in mind and surely our government wouldn't put us in the same kind of fix yet again.

Why the U.S. Must Not Attack Syria

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Vagueness is a very poor basis for the U.S. entering into another war in the Middle East, throwing itself deeper into a chaotic and volatile situation it little understands.

How Obama Can Get Out of the Syrian Bind He's In

Ian Bassin | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Ian Bassin

President Obama is right to believe the world must respond to Assad, both for his chemical weapons usage and for his even more deadly indiscriminate killing of civilians for the past two-plus years. But we are a nation -- and ideally a world -- of laws and not of men.

If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can't We?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The British parliament's vote against going along with the United States' attack on Syria is a direct result of that country's attempts to come to terms with the lies of the Iraq War.

Echoes of the 'Bush Doctrine' in Obama's Syria Rhetoric

Kevin Price | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Kevin Price

Candidate Obama hated the "Bush Doctrine" and took advantage of every opportunity to criticize it. President Obama is finding it much easier to be critical of such an approach from outside the White House.

Syria: What Would Reagan Do?

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

Going through my "to do" box of files from the Reagan library today I came across a July 7, 1987 letter from President Reagan to Prime Minister Thatcher that discusses Syria.

Syria-Perilous Precedent

Barry Lando | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Barry Lando

The issues in Syria, we are told by the Obama administration and its allies, are clear-cut. America has no choice but to act. Nothing could be further from the truth.

First War Game

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


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 ...

Official: Israel Orders 'Limited' Call-Up Of Reservists In Anticipation Of Possible Attack By Syria

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 10.28.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel ordered a special call-up of reserve troops Wednesday as nervous citizens lined up at gas-mask distribution centers, preparin...

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...