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If America Were Syria

Barry Lando | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Barry Lando

Our eyes glaze over when we read statistics of the horrific mayhem ravaging Syria. Numbers lose all meaning. One way for Americans to appreciate what those figures mean is to compute what the impact would be if the same tragedy were devastating the United States.

Obama's Principled "Red Line" on Syria (Which, By the Way, Worked)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

No good deed goes unpunished, as the French say. Case in point: President Obama's drawing and holding a "red line" against Syrian president Bashar al...

Russia, U.S. to Help Syria Transition Back to Killing Its Population With Regular Weapons

Spencer Green | Posted 11.19.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Russian diplomat Leonid Kupetsky says that this is an important step for international diplomacy. "The faster President Assad returns to his normal forms of slaughter, the faster the United States, Russia, and the rest of the world can return to ignoring it."

LOOK: Damascus Nightclubs Provide Solace For Syrians Amid War

Agence France Presse | Sammy Ketz | Posted 11.17.2013 | World

When night falls in Damascus, gaggles of determined revellers still head out on the town seeking to drown out the thunder of outgoing artillery fire w...

Have a Problem? Call 1-800 P-U-T-I-N

Spencer Green | Posted 11.10.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Are you having problems with leaky pipes? Are you stuck in a dead-end, go-nowhere job? Is your cat disobedient? Are chemical weapons from an insane di...

Climate Change This Week: Biblical Rains, Another Solar Breakthough, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Colorado's "Biblical" Flood in Line with Climate Trends reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. He notes that this lethal catastrophic event is c...

The Real Stakes in Syria

David McCabe | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
David McCabe

Any military strike led by the U.S. will be painted by its critics as yet another instance of American power selectively deployed to advance its own interests. For this reason we should be working actively to create an international coalition that will stand alongside us in affirming the place of morality within the dismal chaos of war.

We Cannot Remain Bystanders

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

We cannot remain bystanders to the mass murder of innocent civilians. We may have to be patient, but not forever. And if diplomacy should fail, we have to follow our moral convictions with limited military force.

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...

China's Syria Strategy

Daniel Pena | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Daniel Pena

What we're seeing emerge is not a military or ideological counterweight to the United States in Russia and China, but rather a financial one that doesn't even need an army to fight it's wars, but only buyers.

Syria's Tragedy Could One Day Be Our Own

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Atif Choudhury

As the Syrian people watch to see whether the international community will finally spring into action, we should have some more real talk on Syria's ongoing tragedy and why all of us have a personal stake in combatting state terrorism.

A Syrian Deal? Really?

James A. Nathan | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
James A. Nathan

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's family name means lion in Arabic, but Assad, an English trained dentist, found his fangs dinged on a Russian-American diplomatic anvil. Syrian rebels may feel disappointed, but, Assad's allies are fewer.

'If Assad Fails To Comply... There Will Be Consequences'

AP | MATTHEW LEE and SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 11.16.2013 | World

PARIS -- The French foreign minister says an international conference to reach a political solution in Syria will include the opposition and will take...

French President Hasn't Ruled Out 'Military Option' Against Syria

AP | THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 11.15.2013 | World

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande hasn't ruled out the "military option" against Syria, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to ...

Christina Wilkie

AIPAC Syria Plan Wasn't About Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Jews all over the world marked the start of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Friday, uncertainty loomed over both the U.S. and Is...

The Road Forward on Syria

William Danvers | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
William Danvers

Whether or not the Russian gambit of getting the Syrians to give up their chemical weapons (CW) works, it is important that the pressure on Assad and his supporters not let up until there is a verifiable deal in place.

Obama's Syria Debacle

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

President Obama and his entourage insist that America's credibility to use force prompted the Russians to persuade Assad give up his chemical weapons to avert an American attack. In truth, many keen observers suggest that the president was only too eager to grab Putin's proposal.

GRAPHIC PHOTOS: One Photographer's Witness To A Brutal Execution In Syria

Time | Posted 09.12.2013 | World

All wars are vicious, but the civil war in Syria seems every day to set new standards for brutality....

The Cost of Our Involvement in the Middle East Is Just Too Much

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
T. Boone Pickens

Personally, I don't want to see American troops put in harm's way until we know how we're going to get them out -- not just out of Syria, but out of the Middle East entirely.

Obama's Profile in Courage

Lanny Davis | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

In my view, Barack Obama's speech on Syria this week was the high point of his presidency. Ultimately it could cement his place in history the way President Kennedy's courage and resolve during the Cuban missile crisis did for him.

Time to Stop the War Crimes

Marie Isabelle Chevrier, Ph.D | Posted 09.12.2013 | World
Marie Isabelle Chevrier, Ph.D

A war crime is committed by an evil regime. That does not justify other nations to commit further war crimes in response. Not even well-intended nations. Not even the United States. The first step to stopping war crimes is for good countries to stop committing war crimes.

Why Troops Are Against Syria Strikes

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Military members, above all, know that use of force -- short of an imminent danger -- is a last resort. And we're not at that point yet.

How Non-Interventionist Republicans May Help The GOP

Reason | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The Reason-Rupe poll shows nearly two-thirds of Americans also doubt it is necessary for the US to intervene in Syria to protect either US security or...

Report: Extremists Shoot Dead Women, Children And Elderly Men In Syrian Village

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The death toll from an alleged massacre in an Alawite village in central Syria has risen to 22, including women, childre...

Obama Allies Cite PR Missteps In Bid For Syria Strike

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Some of President Barack Obama's top allies say the president misread a few crucial political forces when he asked Congress to supp...