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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.

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.

America's Credibility Is Not at Stake in Syria

Shehzad H. Qazi | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Shehzad H. Qazi

The appeal to American credibility as a reason for striking was always weak and with dwindling support behind military intervention the argument has been exposed as vacuous.

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...

Syrian Rebels Blast Russian Offer On Chemical Arms

AP | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels have blasted the Russian proposal on securing their country's chemical weapons, saying that Bashar Assad's government should i...

Syria: The Battle for Hearts and Minds

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Aiko Stevenson

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.

Assad Marks Birthday As Syria Strike Threat Recedes

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.11.2013 | World

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad marks his 48th birthday on Wednesday with the threat of US-led strikes against his regime in response to an alleged ...

Everything You Need To Know About Syria's Turbulent History And Why It Matters Today

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 09.13.2013 | World

As the members of the United Nations debate a Russian proposal to force the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad to surrender its chemical weapons,...

Did Al Assad Lie to Charlie Rose?

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

"Assad was a master of evasion, dodging, weaving, demanding absolute certainty; he treated the interview as a game of chess, making the necessary moves to avoid having to admit the evidence he knows (I believe) is there."

UN: 8 Massacres By Syrian Regime, 1 By Rebels

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 09.12.2013 | World

GENEVA -- At least eight massacres have been perpetrated in Syria by President Bashar Assad's regime and supporters and one by rebels over the past ye...

France To Float U.N. Security Council Resolution On Syria

AP | Posted 09.10.2013 | World

PARIS -- France will float a resolution in the U.N. Security Council aimed at forcing Syria to make public its chemical weapons program, place it unde...

Assad: 'Stupid' To Suggest That We Hid Evidence Of Attack

Posted 09.11.2013 | World

Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared defiant in a much-anticipated interview with PBS host Charlie Rose that aired Monday evening. Assad argued i...

A Syrian Solution on the Horizon?

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It would be pretty easy to be pessimistic (or even downright cynical) at this juncture in time, for these and dozens of other reasons. Even so, the possible success of the idea is more than a little tantalizing, for all concerned.

No Shoes for You

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Kimann Schultz

So a "red line" appears only in conjunction with chemical weapons? I get it, that there is a treaty to which President Obama's illustrative ultimatum refers -- I also know how susceptible the masses are to quotable quips.

Obama Sends Message To Assad

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama sent a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview on CNN Monday: "Do not use chemical weapons." Obama made...

The Accidental Heir Will Go As Far As It Takes

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 11.09.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Those who knew Bashar Assad in earlier days say he was uncomfortable being the son of a president and never wanted to lead. A soft-spok...

The Red Line Statement Not a Blunder

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The president may have insufficiently considered the implications of his red line comment but we disagree the comment was inherently a blunder. The president was restating conventional wisdom: Using chemical weapons transgresses an international red line that all governments must defend.

Manchin-Heitkamp: The Senate's Compelling Alternative Syria Resolution

Steve Clemons | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Today, the delays are emboldening Assad. Waiting another 45 days won't degrade the situation further, but may allow an opportunity for some net positive to emerge.

No Time to Be Silent

John McCullough | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
John McCullough

While we debate the future of President Bashar al-Assad, the most urgent issue is the protection of millions of Syrian people who are already being victimized. The international community must act to prevent the displacement or even worse, the deaths of women, children and men.

A Memo to Syria: Sovereignty Is Not a Right, It's a Responsibility

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Joseph Amodeo

Failure to respond to the crisis in Syria will allow evil to beget evil. We cannot merely watch as the crisis in Syria spirals into further attacks on Syrian citizens and, in turn, draws the United States and the international community into an even deeper threat to global security.

What I Learned On The Ground In Syria

Ming Holden | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Ming Holden

I am anti-war. That's precisely why I support a US strike in Syria.

Sarin Gas: Too Heinous Even for War

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

It is horrific to envision the scene at those hospitals the day of the alleged attacks. For health care professionals, the most difficult task in such a situation is immediately determining what type of poison the patient was exposed to, in order to choose the proper course of treatment.

Bad News for America: Religion Enflames the Syrian Civil War

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

We Americans tend to think of most wars in terms of our own Revolution. There is an oppressive ruler. There are an oppressed people. The people yearn for greater freedom and democracy for all. The oppressive ruler must fall so that a brighter day may dawn. If only it were true.

Russia Presses UN Atomic Agency Over Syria War

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 11.09.2013 | World

VIENNA — Diplomats say that Russia is pressing the U.N. atomic agency to report on the nuclear risk of air strikes on Syria in efforts to stave ...

Polis To Obama: 'Do Not Attack Syria'

The Boulder Daily Camera | | Posted 11.10.2013 | Denver

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, announced Monday that he opposes U.S. military action against Syria. President Barack Obama is requesting that Congress ...