Chemical Weapons

Why Did Ted Cruz Write a Harvard Law Review Article Embracing a Convicted Poisoner's Cause?
January 20, 2014

The Texas Senator's strange Harvard Law Review article embraces the cause of a microbiologist who tried to poison her friend.

The U.N. May Be Violating Its Own Chemical Weapons Convention
October 09, 2013

As inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons begin their inspections in Syria, they could find themselves on a collision course with the United Nations Security Council resolution that put them there in the first place.

This Syria Resolution Is As Good As It Gets
And we won't get another one
September 29, 2013

On Friday night, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted into being a resolution they floated 24 hours earlier to great acclaim.

America Is Becoming Heartless in the Face of Evil
September 18, 2013

Comrades, we have lost. The only achievement of the Obama administration in the Syrian crisis so far has been to eliminate the humanitarian motive from American foreign policy. We have lost.

The New Truthers: Americans Who Deny Syria Used Chemical Weapons
September 11, 2013

Eager to forestall a U.S. intervention, Bashar al-Assad has agreed to relinquish his stockpile of chemical weapons—a stockpile that, until this week, he denied even possessing.

This Man Wants the U.S. to Give War a Chance in Syria
September 10, 2013

On August 24, conservative (sorta) author and defense-policy wise man Edward Luttwak published an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that the optimal U.S.

Bashar al Assad's Surreal Apologia to Charlie Rose
September 09, 2013

The room in Damascus is clean, neat, symmetrical. The table has almost the exact circumference as a circle that it stands on in the regionally inflected rug.

Here Is What a U.S. Attack on Syria Would Look Like
September 08, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack on his own people last month provoked President Barack Obama's use-of-force resolution in Congress, but if the United States should strike Syria, its goal probably will not be to blow up

Don't Worry About Chemical Weapons Becoming the New Norm
September 03, 2013

Given that the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons—or perhaps its latest use of chemical weapons—has been the particular atrocity that is likely going to lead the United States to war, the logic behind this rationale is worth exploring. My fr

Are Washington Elites Really Pushing Us Into a War?
August 28, 2013

In a post for The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf argues that the insularity of Washington commentators has made a war with Syria increasingly likely, or perhaps inevitable.