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.
Countless barrels of ink and pixels have been devoted to Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the New York Times this week. And in the hornet'...
Can't there be other gleaming palaces? Can't there be other shining cities on other hills? Isn't there room enough in this globe for the two or more of us?
From elementary school onward, I was taught to attack the argument a person makes, not the person making the argument. The reaction to Vladimir Putin'...
Clearly, Vladimir Putin is attempting to come across not as a combination of Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev, but as a combination of Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, and Mr. Rogers. So be it.
For many, the question of why we should spend so much effort abroad when we have our own problems is emphasized by the lack of financial security where we live. If we can't even stabilize our own standard of living, then why bother stabilizing someone else's?
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.
Dear Mr. Putin: I read your NY Times op-ed Thursday. I have two questions for you: how dare you, and, what the hell were you thinking? But I mu...
Some say Obama blinked. No, Obama opened his eyes even wider. Opened also his mind. Showed the smarts to use all the components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.
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?
"Only the credible use of force" set in motion the diplomatic efforts we are now seeing. And despite his protestations to the contrary, it brought Putin's posterior and that of its murderous ally to the bargaining table.
Any engagement of American military power in Syria, particularly drone and cruise missile strikes, is an act of war, limited or not, whether troops are actually deployed or not.
Mr. Putin, it's one thing to put down exceptionalism, but before you do that, you at least have to produce one Broadway show, or make one commercial airliner, or invent one type of salad.
It's not what Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed says that's so worrisome; it's what it doesn't say. As a Russian and as someone who has been to Syria multiple times since the beginning of the conflict to investigate war crimes and other violations, I would like to mention a few things Putin overlooked. There is not a single mention in Putin's article, addressed to the American people, of the egregious crimes committed by the Syrian government and extensively documented by the UN Commission of Inquiry, local and international human rights groups, and numerous journalists: deliberate and indiscriminate killings of tens of thousands of civilians, executions, torture, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests. His op-ed also makes no mention of Russia's ongoing transfer of arms to Assad throughout the past two and a half years.
As the head of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) with ministries in 40 countries, I have put out a call to pray for our brothers and sisters in Russia who are struggling with this new era of repression and outright oppression of LGBTQ people. In addition to prayer, we must act!
Obama's change of tack came one day after Moscow initiated a series of fast-moving diplomatic moves in an effort to diffuse the deeply unpopular American plan to bomb the Syrian regime after it allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people last month.