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Syria Crisis

After the Speech: On Policy, Both Domestic and Foreign Images

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 10.31.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The Syrian civil war has not fundamentally changed as a result of Saturday's speech. The president still has time to put together a coherent domestic and foreign agenda, one which will preclude any possibility for misunderstandings on the part of Assad and his Iranian and Hezbollah allies.

Obama Move Sparks Rallies

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

HOUSTON — Protesters around the world took to the streets Saturday to protest for and against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria, as President ...

McConnell: Obama Move Strengthens His Position

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress, abruptly handed exactly the war powers many had demanded, grappled Saturday with whether to sign off on Presid...

Koch Weighs In On Syria Crisis

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics

Billioniaire David Koch weighed in on the situation in Syria on Friday, saying it would be "dead wrong" for the United States to take military action....

Obama Makes Announcement On Syria

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama addressed the crisis in Syria on Saturday, saying he has decided the United States should take military action against regime t...

Obama Makes Case To Congress For Syria Military Action

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's top advisers were to make their case for limited military s...

John Kerry, Chuck Hagel To Call Senators About Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics

(Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and other senior U.S. national security officials will hold conference calls...

Let Them Fight It Out: Obama's Solution to the Syrian Conflict

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

The sad reality of this war is that unlike, say, the Bosnian or Kosovar Muslim civilians who were being slaughtered by Serbian Christian repeat ethnic cleansers when Clinton/NATO decided to intervene in the 1990s, there are no good guys in the Syrian conflict to support.

Joshua Hersh

Syrian Opposition Has Mixed Feelings About U.S. Plan | Joshua Hersh | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- As the U.S. continues to ramp up its plans to target the Syrian military with cruise missile strikes, Syrian citizens and opposition figure...

Syria: Investors Have "Feelings," Markets Do Not

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Where do markets collectively stand on Syria? Here are four things to note as we enter a weekend full of political maneuverings and difficult decisions.

ANOTHER Chemical Attack In Syria?

AP | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- A Syrian monitoring group, quoting local activists, said Friday that an incendiary bomb struck outside a school in northern Syria earlier th...

Obama Says He Hasn't Made Final Decision On Syria Attack

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama said he has not made a final decision on a Syria attack. Obama said he is considering a "limited narrow act," and called a S...

UN Concludes Investigation In Syria

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2013 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A team of U.N. investigators has finished gathering samples and evidence rela...

Matt Sledge

White House Tries To Justify Strike, But Questions Linger | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that there was "no doubt" the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in a devastating attack last...

Kerry: 1,426 People Killed In Chemical Attack

Posted 08.30.2013 | World

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Friday that U.S. intelligence concluded with 'high confidence' that the Assad regime in Syri...

Cowboy Redux: Obama Risks Return to Bush Mode in Syria

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Peter S. Goodman

Only those who have forgotten how the United States and its allies wound up in a catastrophic war in Iraq could now charge toward military confrontation with Syria, absent a clear and credible annunciation of the intelligence that supposedly ties Bashar Assad's government to the chemical weapons attack, and without an agreed upon plan for how to handle the potential repercussions.

Syria and the President's Credibility Problem

Russell Korobkin | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Russell Korobkin

The president's only hope of shaping the behavior of a nation like Syria with threats of potential military action is by pledging American credibility in future diplomatic encounters as collateral for the threats.

U.S. To Release Syria Intelligence Today

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The White House plans on Friday to release an unclassified version of an intelligence assessment of a chemical weapon...

Syrian Activist Who Filmed Atrocities Paid With Their Lives

Foreign Policy | David Kenner | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

Syrian activists took the YouTube videos that dragged America to the brink of war -- and then paid with their lives....

Syria's Idyllic Beach Town Flourishes Despite War

AP | YASMINE SAKER | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

TARTOUS, Syria -- In this picturesque coastal city fiercely loyal to President Bashar Assad, beaches are dotted with swimmers, cafes are filled with S...

Syrian Bomb Victims 'Like The Walking Dead'

BBC News | Ian Pannell | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

A BBC team inside Syria filming for Panorama has witnessed the aftermath of a fresh horrific incident - an incendiary bomb dropped on to a school play...

White House Considering Solo Syria Strike

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria with...

Syria: Law and Legitimacy

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Jonathan Granoff

The legal hurdles to a reasonable course of action are not as high as the political ones. However, advancing world security through the rule of law will provide much greater benefit than short term political posturing that does little to stop the brutality the people of Syria are experiencing.

Cameron Loses Parliamentary Vote On Syria Action

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

(Recasts, adds Cameron quotes) LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vital parliamentary vote on Thur...

Syria: Stop, Look and Listen

Richard Klass | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

We have seen this movie before and the ending is not pretty. And this time there is no Congressional authorization or U.N. fig leaf.