Bashar Al Assad

We Can't Destroy ISIS Without Destroying Bashar al Assad First
September 12, 2014

The Syrian strongman is the terrorist organization's most important recruiting tool.

The Inconvenience of History
Obama abandons another country to its fate
April 23, 2014

Obama is abandoning Ukraine to its fate. Just as he has with so many others.

A Cry for Help Straight From the Syrian Opposition
March 21, 2014

The Syrian crisis has resulted in more than one hundred thousand people dead, entire cities demolished. The Syrian people are now scattered all over the globe to escape Assad’s war-machine. 

The Syrian Regime's Bombardment of Rebel Cities Is Even More Vicious Than You Think
February 13, 2014

Aerial bombing has forced hundred of thousands of refugees out of Aleppo in recent weeks. The razing of the city is brutal, but it might be part of a larger, even more sinister scheme.

It's Time to Declare Obama's Syria Policy a Total Fiasco
January 23, 2014

How the president made such a mess in Syria.

Obama Steps Back from the Syria Brink
A few lucky breaks led to a different speech than we expected
September 11, 2013

Barack Obama’s speech on Syria had a peculiar structure.

Think Bashar al Assad Is Brutal? Meet His Family
September 08, 2013

In the late 1980s Patrick Seale wrote an excellent account of the al-Assad family—well before it was clear that Bashar, its bookish, quiet, second-oldest son, would one day lead the Syrian government in massacring its own people.

Rand Paul's Syria Bible Thumping
Why does he only seem to care about the country's Christians?
September 04, 2013

"I have nothing good to say about Assad," Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made sure to stipulate on a hurried conference call after the marathon Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Syria yesterday.

Congress Can't Pass a Farm Bill. And Now We're Waiting on them to Stop a Slaughter?
August 31, 2013

Today, President Obama finally addressed the main question that has gripped this town on Syria: will he or won't he?He will, as we knew he would.

Intervening in Syria is Stupid
An attack would be illegal and ineffective. It wouldn't satisfy hawkish critics, either.
August 29, 2013

The only real choice is between pushing for regime change and not getting involved. He should choose the second one

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