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Military Intervention

U.S. Forces: Stay Out of Iraq

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The current problem of Iraq will not be resolved by sending more U.S. troops, drones, or jets to Iraq. A U.S. military presence would only bring back the same problems associated with the invasion and occupation of the country. The United States can do something, however.

America Can Still Lead the World -- With Coalitions Abroad and by Getting Our Own House in Order

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Great nations decline and fall through a fatal combination of too many wars abroad and a hollowing-out of institutions at home. If America gets its own house in order while leading coalitions abroad, we will do the world great good

Marching on Moscow

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

So why are the United States, the European Union (EU), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) all on the road to the Russian capital? And exactly what are they hoping to achieve?

Why Obama Is Right and Wrong About Syria

Marwan Bishara | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

Let me be clear; Americans are not interested in another military intervention, and Barack Obama is probably the soberest guy in Washington today. But is his sobriety a sign of carefulness or utter indifference to the soaring Syrian tragedy?

Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.

Mr. President, Time to Act on Syria

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Obama has not acted decisively with Western allies in an effort to end the horrific civil war in Syria. The tragic loss of nearly 150,000 Syrians, 9 million internally displaced persons and refugees, and the massive destruction would still pale in comparison to the near-complete devastation of the nation if nothing is done soon.


John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

When small children want something to go away, they close their eyes. Poof! The monster disappears. The spoonful of spinach vanishes. The spilled milk evaporates. Except that they don't. U.S policymakers indulge in a similar variety of child's play called collapsism.

The 'And Yet' of Syria, War and Peace

John Backman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We have to do something about Syria's chemical weapons. And yet... No person of compassion can ever sanction war. And yet...

Can the President Change His Mind? -- 'Yes, He Can!': Why Backing off on Syria Is a Victory for Democracy and a Plaudit for Hillary

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Who knows, if the world is willing to stand up for core principles, it might just find an opportunity to address together, the violence that has resulted in two million refugees being in desperate need of the world's targeted kindness.

Nick Wing

Here's Why The Obama Administration's Vow Against 'War' In Syria Means Nothing | Nick Wing | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

Secretary of State John Kerry made the case to Congress this week for military intervention in Syria, following a devastating chemical weapons attack ...

"Self-interest" Morally Reprehensible Justification for Nonintervention

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Returning to the debate on military intervention in Syria, I resolutely reject the notion of "self-interest" as THE red line, THE bottom line, the line in the sand, as the sole, or as the primary consideration as many political leaders and pundits seem to argue.

Obama And Syria: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The real world tends to expose flaws in the best theories. Syria has done just that. However we come out on this debate, Obama's decision to delay action until Congress acts matters. His deferral to Congress builds a wall against cowboy military adventures in the future.

Contemplating War

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The debate we're about to have will affect the lives of many people, and will determine whether fellow human beings live or die. It may shape the geopolitical conflicts of the future. What's more, the way we choose to conduct that debate will help shape the kind of country we become.

The U.S. Will Regret Intervention in Syria

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Ivan Eland

When pundits debate military options for any of the many U.S. foreign interventions, most of them buy into some version of the "America-as-World-Policeman" approach to foreign policy. But U.S. intervention in Syria is a slippery slope.

Obama's Inaction in Syria (Almost) Makes Me Wish I Had Supported McCain

Laura Merriman | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Laura Merriman

If we are to be a great country, we need people like Pt. Manning who will hold our military accountable. Pt. Manning is the type of principled, idealistic person I thought President Obama to be.

Gingrich Reverses Course On Neocon Views

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is rethinking his neoconservative stance on U.S. military intervention in foreign countries. In an inte...

Experiencing a Coup On Vacation: Adventure Travel Runs Smack Into Real Life

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.24.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The army's recent intervention in Egypt, and the turmoil there, have brought memories surging back of a time in 2005 when I was on my way to a vacation in Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. World events chose that moment to intervene in my carefully made plans.

Afghanistan: The Ends, Ways, and Means

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
D. Robert Worley

One argument for staying the course is to recall the extraordinary costs already expended. What will withdrawal say to those who served and sacrificed?

Republican Peace?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Promoting democracy has become justification for military intervention. The only viable check on the use of force today appears to be presidential self discipline, and there's a great deal of variability among presidents.

Democratic Peace?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

The democratic peace theory is used to justify intervention and regime change to spread democracy and thereby assure peace. As the late Gore Vidal sardonically called it, "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace."

Assad and His Droogs

John Feffer | Posted 08.26.2012 | World
John Feffer

Anthony Burgess' warning about the dangers of intervention holds an important lesson: There are unintended consequences.

Debating Syria

John Feffer | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
John Feffer

Recently, the Washington Post and the New York Times squared off with diametrically opposed editorials on Syria.

Obama: Military Intervention Not Needed In Syria To Solve Conflict

AP | Posted 04.07.2012 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it is important to resolve the ongoing conflict in Syria without outside military intervention. ...

Why Iraq Still Haunts Europe

The European Magazine | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
The European Magazine

The Iraq war will haunt not only U.S. policy-makers but also their European counterparts for years. The dividing lines over Libya differed from those over Iraq, yet it was clear that there was still no EU consensus on the criteria for the use of force.

Assad and the Cult of Personality

John Feffer | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
John Feffer

Getting rid of the problematic personality at the top is a necessary, but not a sufficient condition for change. It's the entire Syrian political structure that must change.