Worldwide Mustache Expert Weighs in on Assad's Upper Lip
September 11, 2013

Bashar al Assad shares something in common with Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco, Augusto Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, and Robert Mugabe. They all sported distinctive mustaches.

What You Need To Know About Syria: Daily Summary 9/11
September 11, 2013

Obama’s Speech Delays Strike, Explores Diplomatic Opening: 

My Train Ride with Donald Rumsfeld
A vignette
September 11, 2013

As the President addressed the nation about the crisis in Syria, I sat waiting for the Acela to Washington at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station when an old man walked past me, trailed by an entourage from the K-9 unit. The hard, squinting eyes behind the glasses, the pinched brow, and the pencil-line lips were unmistakable: It was Donald Rumsfeld, just shrunken and more frail.

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.

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.

How Long Before the Syria Deal Fails? Any Minute Now.
September 10, 2013

Okay, so Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently opened the door to getting President Barack Obama off the hook, and saving him from an inevitably embarrassing vote in Congress on the use of force in Syria.

What You Need to Know About Syria Today: Daily Summary 09/10
September 10, 2013

To give you an overview of the latest news, we’ve organized the latest Syrian developments in a bullet-point summary.

The Syria Solution: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad
September 10, 2013

This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head, and gives everyone

Barney Frank Is Tired of Hearing "Obama This, Obama That"
September 10, 2013

As the first of what will be semi-regular chats with former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, I called him up on Monday to hear his opinions on Syria, Obama’s second-term agenda, and Larry Summers vs. Janet Yellen at the Fed.Isaac Chotiner: Do you think that Obama’s going to get this vote on Syria through Congress?Barney Frank: Oh, I don’t know. I’m sure there’s a possible way. There are people who would have a much better idea of that than I would.IC: Do you talk to any old friends in the House about what they’re thinking?BF: I’ve talked to exactly three members.

Britain's New Isolationism
September 09, 2013

Britain’s retreat from military intervention in Syria has no proud author. The parliamentary vote that apparently settled the matter was a humiliation for the Prime Minister but also a shock to those who humiliated him.