It's that time of year again! It's the UN General Assembly -- when representatives from 193 countries around the world descend on Midtown Manhattan to end poverty and stop wars by engaging in the caliber of discussion that embodies humanity's highest ideals.
As the once-too-near and perhaps future disaster of the Syrian crisis is again reminding us, Team America has lost much of its margin for error, shrinking further in a decade of austerity.
Russian diplomat Leonid Kupetsky says that this is an important step for international diplomacy. "The faster President Assad returns to his normal forms of slaughter, the faster the United States, Russia, and the rest of the world can return to ignoring it."
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...
Diplomacy instead of bombs may get rid of Syria's chemical weapons but an end to the bloody civil war that has left more than 100,000 dead is not even close.
The agreement that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov hammered out in Geneva at week's end will, if implemented, prove a milestone in the century-long effort to contain the horrors of modern war.
The geo-political power games continue, with indisputably bad people on every side surrounding average, innocent Syrians who live under constant threat of death from all parties involved.
In a new Gallup poll considering the approval rating for Secretary of State John Kerry, he received sky-high favorable ratings of 60 percent and disap...
More plot twists in the Syria saga... ...
If the goal is to end the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war; or to find ways of getting practical results in a geopolitical crisis without killing anyone; or to create barriers to American military excursions, it's a very good thing.
Erickson & Reagan debate the deus ex machina of Putin salvaging Obama's Syrian policy after the chemical attack. Looks like 44's smart audibles worked better that 42's "resoluteness" on Iraq and that McGovern's 'come home' approach has prevailed over McCain's more-war.
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?
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.
American presidents are often characterized by statements or actions that become an indelible part of their presidency and the nation's perception of their leadership.
I don't think that John Kerry, a man not known for having even an ounce of whimsy, made a whimsical, outlandish out-of-the-blue quip at a dead-serious press conference about how Syria could just give up its chemical weapons.
Some say Obama blinked. No, Obama opened his eyes even wider. Opened also his mind. Showed the smarts to use all the components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.