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Ex-Ambassador: CIA Wrong On Not Wanting To Arm Syrian Rebels | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of criticism from former advisers and members of the media for not acting sooner to prevent the Islamic State's rise in Syr...

Amb. Ford: Give Syrian Insurgents Manpads to Shoot Down Iranian Planes

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If the weapons were under U.S. supervision, and they were used to shoot down Iranian aircraft, then there would be no question who the ultimate author of the action was: the United States government.

Obama's Former Syria Ambassador Blasts Administration Policy

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

Robert Ford, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria under President Barack Obama, heavily criticized the administration's Syria policy in an interview wi...

Dem Lawmaker Accused Of Using Campaign Funds For Porn

Patch | Shawn Drury | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics

U.S. Official's Harsh Words For Syrian Regime

Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Joshua Hersh

In 2011, when Robert Ford was Ambassador to Syria and still living in Damascus, he often took to the embassy's Facebook page to deliver blunt messages...

Profile In Courage Awards Given To Interesting Recipients

AP | RODRIQUE NGOWI | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics

BOSTON — President John F. Kennedy's only surviving child celebrated what would have been his 95th birthday this month by honoring three Iowa ju...

U.S. Closes Embassy In Syria

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.07.2012 | World

CNN reports that the United States has closed its embassy in Syria and withdrawn its staff. ABC News confirms that U.S. embassy officials have left...

U.S. Ambassador To Syria Leaves Country

AP | By BASSEM MROUE | Posted 12.24.2011 | World

By BASSEM MROU -- The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blam...

Syrian Regime Loyalists Pelt U.S. Ambassador With Tomatoes

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 11.29.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Angry supporters of President Bashar Assad's regime hurled tomatoes and eggs at the U.S. ambassador to Syria on Thursday as he entered ...

Joshua Hersh

U.S. Ambassador To Syria: Protesters Struggling To Keep Opposition Peaceful | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.21.2011 | World

The embattled opposition movement in Syria is finding it increasingly difficult to hold off those who would resort to violence in the face of the gove...

Syrian Forces Fire Tear Gas At Mourners Shortly After U.S. Envoy's Visit

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 11.14.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian troops fired tear gas at a gathering of mourners just hours after U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford and other Western diplomats expres...

Joshua Hersh

U.S. Ambassador To Syria Robert Ford Takes On His Critics Via Facebook | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.08.2011 | World

For the second time in three days, America's most free-range diplomat has taken to the Internet to deliver a direct message to the people of the count...

Syria: Better Late Than Never or Too Little Too Late

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.15.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Fortunately, after agonizing weeks of crippling and damaging hesitation, the Obama Administration finally dragged itself out of its self-imposed policy coma into championing global sanctions of Syria's oil and gas industry exports.

U.S. Preparing To Demand Departure Of Syrian President, Say Sources

AP | MATTHEW LEE and BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 11.08.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to explicitly demand the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad and hit his regime with t...

U.S., French Envoys Warned Not To Leave Syrian Capital

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

BEIRUT — Syria warned the American and French ambassadors Wednesday not to travel outside the capital without permission, two weeks after they a...

Joshua Hersh

VIDEO: Journalists In Jordan Attacked By State Security Forces | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.14.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Journalists in Jordan say they were given orange vests by government officials in order to help them safely cover protests there today -...

Clinton: Syrian President Has 'Lost Legitimacy'

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 09.10.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad has "lost legitimacy" as a leader interested in...

WATCH: Protesters Greet U.S. Diplomat With Rose Petals, Olive Branches

Posted 09.07.2011 | World

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford sparked a row with the Syrian government when he visited protesters in the embattled city of Hama on Thursday. ...

Bring Home U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford

Richard Grenell | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Richard Grenell

One sure way to ruin American credibility in the Arab world is to sit silently in Damascus and look like you're part of the Assad show.

Hollywood Fringe: The Dumb Waiter, Vespertine Productions & Girl Band in the Men's Room, Dirty Blonde Productions

James Scarborough | Posted 08.21.2011 | Arts
James Scarborough

Our experience ofThe Dumb Waiter is not so much that of a fly on a wall; a fly's buzz would unbalance Landon Johnson's tersely orchestrated suspense tale of two hit men in a Birmingham basement.

Syria-Sly Mr. President, Turn the Heat Up on Assad

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 06.10.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

If Obama could declare it was time for Gaddafi and Mubarak to go, the latest violence throughout Syria compels the White House to issue the same demand on Assad, with policy prescriptions to back that demand up.

Time for a Syrian Revolution

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

For Syrians to finally depose their dictator, like Egyptians did, they have to go to the streets, despite the regime's promised violence. Today is the time. The Syrians should not miss their chance.

Rethinking Engaging Syria

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Reports that Syria has provided Lebanon's Hezbollah with truckloads of Scud D missiles have not dissuaded America from engaging Syria.

Ford: Response to Nate Silver

Guest Pollster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guest Pollster

In a previous post at I explained the model we have developed with politicshome. Nate Silver has since posted a lengthy critique of our approach, which I will respond to here on behalf of the team.

Robert Ford Named U.S. Ambassador To Syria

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would nominate career diplomat Robert Ford to become the United States' first ambassador to ...