Syria

Obama Was Right to Ask for Congress' Blessing on Syria
September 02, 2013

The biggest burden of being president is surely having to make decisions that will lead to people being killed and maimed in war: American soldiers who die decades before their time, innocent civilians in enemy countries, even enemy soldiers who rare

Obama's Speech Didn't Restore His Red Line. Here's What Could
August 31, 2013

President Obama has just declared his decision to launch military strikes against Syria, after seeking approval for Congress, in order to hold the Syrian government accountable for its recent chemical weapon atrocities.

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.

Could the U.S. Have Prevented the Chemical Weapons Attack in Damascus?
August 30, 2013

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry laid out the case against Assad, summarizing the unclassified intelligence assessment that was just then landing in reporters' inboxes: Bashar al-Assad and his minions knew about, prepared for, and carried out a m

David Cameron is Useless
Why the Syria vote is an emblematic failure for Britain's prime minister
August 30, 2013

In November 2009, David Cameron gave the Hugo Young Lecture, sponsored by The Guardian in memory of its highly respected columnist. Young had died of cancer in the autumn of 2003 after a splendid swan song, a final year of controlled rage.

The Onion Is The Country’s Best Op-Ed Page. Seriously.
August 30, 2013

I largely dislike reading op-ed columnists. All too often, columnists hem and haw and posture and drop references to their famous friends and fancy trips. They make points that are obvious. They are overly pious. They hew to the party line.

One Unconvincing Argument Against Striking Syria
August 30, 2013

There's a lot of chatter this morning about the big piece above the fold on the front page of today's Washington Post laying out the deep misgivings of many in the military about launching an attack against Syria to punish it for the regime's apparen

Putin's Support for Assad is Just Words
August 29, 2013

As the White House struggles, agonizingly, down the road to striking Syria, Moscow has put on its own sideshow, railing against yet another American misadventure in a mysterious and tangled region.

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

A Guide to Syria's Best Citizen Journalism
August 29, 2013

Whether or not the United States intervenes in Syria’s civil war, one thing about the current situation won’t change: Those of us outside Syria’s borders will never be entirely sure what’s happening within them. Syria has become the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, and legacy media outlets have, understandably, sent fewer and fewer of their reporters into harm’s way. This means that if journalists and policymakers in western countries want information from a source other than Bashar al Assad’s regime, they have to take it from citizen journalists, nearly all of whom are activists who openly support the opposition.

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