The 'Let's Not Even Try' Foreign Policy
Barack Obama's choice on Syria will define his presidency
August 26, 2013

The Syria choice will decide the tug-of-war between idealism and restraint in the Obama administration—and in the president's self-definition.

The Best Reason to Intervene in Syria Isn't to Help the Rebels
August 26, 2013

If Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons in a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus is “undeniable,” as Secretary of State John Kerry declared today, the United States should retaliate forcefully.

OK, We're Hypocrites! It's Irrelevant to the Syria Debate.
August 26, 2013

Foreign Policy's website has an excellent report on the C.I.A.'s disgraceful backing of Saddam Hussein during the time that he used chemical weapons against Iran. In 1988, as Shane Harris and Matthew M.

Is Assad Goading Obama?
The new Syrian atrocities may have been a miscalculation. But America's rhetoric encouraged them.
August 26, 2013

The new Syrian atrocities may have been a miscalculation. But America's rhetoric encouraged them.

The Assad Loyalists who Might Still Crack
August 23, 2013

The regime's cadres have held together through two years of war, and they will likely continue doing so unless Washington and its allies present them with a stark choice: leave and live, or stay and die.

How Obama Should Respond to Syria's Alleged Chemical Attack
August 22, 2013

U.S. backsliding on red lines regarding Syrian chemical weapons only encourages the Assad regime to make choices that increase the likelihood of direct U.S. intervention.

Syria's Victims Tell Their Stories
August 19, 2013

The Syrian civil war, now in its twenty-ninth month, has led nearly two million Syrians to flee their country. More than 500,000 of them have headed south to neighboring Jordan, a number that is expected to reach one million by year’s end.

A New Plan For Saving Syria
Is Syria finished?
July 20, 2013

What was supposed to be the Syrian phase of the so-called "Arab Spring" has evolved into one of the greatest tragedies of the twenty-first century.

The U.S. Makes Israel Play the Bad Cop With Syria
July 15, 2013

Throughout last week, rumors percolated that an explosion in Latakia, Syria, was the handiwork of the Israel Defense Force. Then, over the weekend, U.S.

Not All Interventions Are Imperialist
On Syria, the left has forgotten its history
June 21, 2013

On Syria, the Left has forgotten its history.