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Lessons From Russian and Balkan History on How to Stop the War in Syria

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

The current debate on the use and ban of chemical weapons in Syria is a salient testimony to a seemingly forgone notion in crisis diplomacy: the downward spiral of conflict doesn't end until the strategic interests of the key players are addressed.

U.S. President 'Betrays' Arab Uprising, Once Again

Barry Lando | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Barry Lando

An American president calls for the downfall of an Arab dictator. The people rise up. The revolt spreads across the country. The rebels ask for help f...

Obama's Sudden Syria Crisis, With Putin Solution: What the Heck Was That?

William Bradley | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that Putin is as much messing with Obama with this New York Times piece as he is trying to sell himself to the American public. Putin showed he knows how to reach the American people. But how believable is he?

Syria: The American People's Right to Ask Why

Darryl Woodard | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

American voices are influencing discussion about Syria. That is good, because it would not have happened if the president had decided to strike first, instead of bringing the matter to Congress for a vote.

Buy President Obama a History Book

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

No man with such a fundamental misunderstanding of modern American history should be deciding the fate of a new group of civilians.

Uh... Remember Operation Ranch Hand, Mr. Obama

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

Inconsistency makes the US moral argument against chemical weapons difficult to make -- not because it isn't immoral, but because the US is inclined to latch on to the argument only when it's in its national interest to do so.

If Limited Strikes Don't Work, Does Obama Have a Plan B?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

If we start bombing Syria, we are potentially committing ourselves to a deeper level of involvement than the administration is now acknowledging.

Kerry Should Avoid Overstating What Syria Attacks Can Achieve

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is easy to overstate what a mission, even if undertaken for the noblest and most honest of reasons, can achieve.

Syria: If the Tomahawk Missiles Fly, Peace Must Be the Target

Gordon Marino | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Gordon Marino

If President Obama elects to pull the trigger and let the Tomahawk missiles fly, the singular target of those missiles must be peace and the well being of the Syrian people.

America Must Close the Syrian Box

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
Howard Schweber

The whole world really is watching. Obama did not create this box, the Assad government did that. Now the box has been opened -- we have to try and close it up again.

Syria-Iraq: On Drawing Lines in the Sand

Barry Lando | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Barry Lando

There's a certain irony to British Prime Minister David Cameron's decision -- dictated by the British Parliament and public -- not to join President Obama's coalition of the willing.

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.

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.

Report: U.S. Gave Saddam Intel, Ignored Chemical Attacks In 1980s

Agence France Presse | | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would ...

U.S. Helped Saddam Hussein As He Gassed Iran: Report

Foreign Policy | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and int...

Invisible Victims

James Zogby | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
James Zogby

For decades now, Christians have been the "invisible or ignored victims" of conflicts in the Middle East. At best, the US has paid scant attention as once thriving communities of indigenous Christians in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Egypt have been attacked or threatened.

When the U.S. Turned Its Back on Chemical Attacks

Barry Lando | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Barry Lando

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have long been outraged by charges that the Assad government was using chemical weapons. Their feelings are understandable -- right? How could any U.S. administration stand by as an Arab dictator gassed his own people?

The 23rd Anniversary of Saddam's Invasion of Kuwait: Some Possible Lessons

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

It was on August 2, 1990 when the world woke up to the news of Saddam's invasion of neighboring Kuwait, a state tiny in size but rich in oil. Thus, a border dispute festering ever since Kuwait's declaration of independence in 1961 came to a climatic head.

Bomb Blasts Claim More Lives In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2013 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq, May 21 (Reuters) - Several bomb blasts killed at least 12 people in Iraq on Tuesday, police said, a day after more than 70 died in att...

Considering W: I Have a Confession to Make (I Kinda Like Bush)

William Bradley | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

I met Bush rather briefly when he was governor of Texas and found him to be intelligent and funny -- though he certainly turned out somewhat differently than I anticipated.

After Iraq, Climbing Out of the Moral Abyss

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Adil E. Shamoo

Not since the American Civil War has the U.S citizenry had to endure such horrors. Yet discussion of these repercussions is noticeably absent as we still struggle to understand the scope of the Iraq war and what all of its lies have wrought.

Margaret Thatcher and Iraq

Jonathan Schwarz | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Schwarz

Almost no one today remembers Margaret Thatcher's long history with Iraq. But few people beyond Saddam Hussein played a greater role in shredding the country into tiny little pieces. Here are some highlights.

Chemical Weapons in Syria Will Be Worse Than We Can Know

Jeremy Courtney | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Jeremy Courtney

The long-tail effects of chemical weapons continue to plague Iraq today, burdening a decimated health care system, and providing horrifying visual fodder for extremists who would incite hatred against the West.

Marine Who Played Iconic Role In Iraq Questions War's Purpose

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

On April 9, 2003, Marine Cpl. Edward Chin was the focus of television cameras worldwide when he was broadcast draping a large rope around the neck of ...

Ten Years Later: Big Lies, Bad Decisions, Fateful Consequences

James Zogby | Posted 05.23.2013 | World
James Zogby

Iraq today is a dysfunctional state beset by violent civil strife, a direct result of the American decision to enter the country without attention to its history and culture and, therefore, unable to understand the consequences of our intervention.