December 10, 2012

Watching Syria's Descent

Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

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The scariest thing about Syria, from the West’s point of view, may be the gap between the hair-raising scenarios senior officials are discussing about what may happen next and their limp strategies for preventing it.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Syria, Middle East


December 2, 2012
Steep Price of U.S. Disengagement from Iraq
Max Boot, Commentary
Iraq’s experience once again shows that ending a “war” on our terms is not so simple as pulling out the troops. Indeed, pulling out the troops may well lead to a bigger war–not only in Iraq, it turns out, but in Syria as... more ››
December 8, 2012
What Will Obama Do About Syria's WMD?
Fred Kaplan, Slate
President Obama has warned the Syrian government that any use of chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war would “cross a red line.” Two questions come to mind: What will Obama (and other world leaders) do if the line is... more ››
December 7, 2012
White Phosphorous and Red Lines
Patrick Brennan, The Corner
A video has surfaced from the Syrian opposition which appears to show a regime helicopter (an Mi-24 Hind) dropping white-phosphorous bombs, which are clearly banned by international law as offensive weapons. more ››
November 28, 2012
Obama Abandons Arab Moderates
Elliott Abrams, National Review
There is a battle under way in every Arab country between moderate forces, which seek progress toward real democracy, and Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood groups or affiliates, which seek power so that they can begin the process of... more ››
November 30, 2012
Obama Doctrine: Fixing America, Not the World
The Economist
By cynical tradition "abroad" is where American presidents go to seek a legacy, after their domestic agendas have stalled. This is especially true of second-term presidents. As they lose momentum at home, the temptation is to... more ››