Ordinary Syrians are paying the price for the maladroit handling of the earlier intervention in Libya -- and indeed in Iraq. Blair and Bush's great adventure in Iraq understandably soured the enthusiasm of much of the world for intervention in general.
Many in Washington now dismiss further assistance to Libya as useless: the Libyans themselves are fractious and have limited 'absorbtive capacity.' At the same time, it is wrong to say we have no influence in Libya, or that we have no means of increasing that capacity.
As an oil-rich nation reeling from the effects of region-wide jihadist militancy, the stakes could not be higher.
Obama poses an excellent question: Why put together a spin program that will fall apart in a few days? For that is exactly what happened.
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America's motives for intervening in Syria, as they were in World War II, might be a mix of humanitarian ideals and selfish agendas, but that does not mean that we should shy away from our responsibility to others or to ourselves.
A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.
If no story is worth a life, then why is murder the number one cause of journalists' deaths worldwide? In addition to those who have been killed, dozens have been attacked, kidnapped, or forced into exile in connection with their coverage of crime and corruption.
The big problem -- not just for Obama, but for America -- is that there simply aren't a whole lot of good options in Syria. So I thought it'd be worthwhile to go through them, in the spirit of Bush's "decider room."
Afghanistan never rose in the first place, and is again increasing its heroin production. We've never gotten a grip on the Arab Spring. Who knows where Egypt and Yemen are headed?
If it is, Strokes fans can take solace in the fact that there's at least one artist pushing out garage rock pop reminiscent of the New York quartet's best work. Her name is Ke$ha, and you might know her as the Top-40 star who drank her own urine and had sex with a ghost.
U.S. foreign policy capabilities in the Middle East were greatly strengthened by Ambassador Stevens' efforts to treat others as his equal and to work with people from different countries to build a more just and free world.
A number of analysts and scholars of the Middle East have argued that the revolutions and uprisings taking place in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Syria are the first of their kind to take place in the region.
Libyans want to put the Qadhafi era behind them, but they also want capable individuals to draft the constitution, keep the lights on and the oil flowing. To achieve this they need a strong, moderate leadership.
On the decennial of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the persons responsible have shown remarkably little guilt over launching an unprovoked war of aggression, even when the lamentable results might be expected to give one pause to rethink the enterprise.