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 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.
The real world tends to expose flaws in the best theories. Syria has done just that. However we come out on this debate, Obama's decision to delay action until Congress acts matters. His deferral to Congress builds a wall against cowboy military adventures in the future.
Thanks in no small part to the unceasing efforts by interventionist Republicans to criminalize the very Libya campaign they had once demanded, they have erased all credit for its nominal success -- even as they call for stronger measures in Syria.
Unlike Egypt -- in which the divisiveness is over whether the state should govern using religious principles or secular ones -- the conflicts in Libya, Syria, and Iraq are more tribally based or ethno-sectarian in nature. The latter three may be more solvable without the need for a despot, elected or not, at the helm.
The United States is once again on the brink of war in the heart of the Middle East. While the necessity of some kind of military intervention -- if only symbolic in nature -- is now evident, the risks are enormous.
It is no secret that the German military equipment being purchased by Saudi Arabia will most likely be used to crack down on anti-government demonstrations inside Bahrain, and/or the Shia-majority region of eastern Saudi Arabia.
While Dr. King's progressive dreaming of a world where racial and economic equality is commonplace may have been radical then, his most radical thinking -- and what would still get him in trouble with federal authorities to this day -- is his messaging on nonviolence.
Throughout most of the Bush administration, opinion pollsters relentlessly tracked America's plummeting approval ratings across the planet.
For all intents and purposes, the Arab Spring is dead. The Arab Winter has officially arrived.
Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn't made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies. That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed.
The beta release of StoryMaker makes it possible for English and Arabic speakers all over the world to make their voices heard. From now on, individual citizens in Egypt or Syria can tell their own stories
Not surprisingly, governments and civil societies at the sharp end of these missions -- especially in Africa, the Americas and Asia -- are demanding a greater say in decisions that affect them. Questions of international peace and security are frankly too important to be decided by five countries alone.
President Zuma's domestic record have left him open to criticism. Countries such as Angola and Nigeria are finding it hard to refer to South Africa as a regional leader when its own house is in such a state of disrepair.
Could this be the beginning of the end of their influence in the Muslim world? in a series of events, at the outset unrelated but when spliced together seem to show a clear trend that there seems to be more to it that the Islamists are just having a bad year.
The number of Americans wanting their government to stay out of international affairs is higher than it has been since the Vietnam War, according to a new analysis.