Slouching Toward Damascus

As the Syrian civil war slouches toward its brutal end, it’s time to take stock of one of the most significant diplomatic and military failures in my lifetime. More than 200,000 civilians have died, including more than 25,000 children, and many more have been critically injured. Six million refugees have created havoc in Europe and … Continue reading Slouching Toward Damascus

The Unexpectedly Chronicles: The Russians act in their Own Interests in Syria

Missy: ...Now, if the Doctor assumes he's going to die, what happens then? Clara:   We do. Missy: He's trapped at the heart of the Dalek empire. He's a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw … Continue reading The Unexpectedly Chronicles: The Russians act in their Own Interests in Syria

Pusillanimous presidency: Obama’s “red line” in Syria spills into Europe

By John Ruberry The clearest example of President Obama's pusillanimous presidency is his approach to the continuing crisis in Syria. Three years ago Obama warned Syria's dictator, Bashar al-Assad, that if chemical weapons were used by the brute's forces in his nation's civil war, it would cross "a red line." Assad's thugs responded by using chemical … Continue reading Pusillanimous presidency: Obama’s “red line” in Syria spills into Europe

Principalities

by baldilocks The following text is the first part of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The last time that I reminded readers of its existence was in 2011, when President Obama decided, without congressional authority, to pull the rug out from under Muammar Qaddafi. PURPOSE AND POLICY SEC. 2. (a) It is the purpose of … Continue reading Principalities

Three Choices on Syria

Michael Weston:  Nando Nando Nando You're dead.  You just don't know it yet. Burn Notice Things Unseen 2013   Monday we talked about why I oppose strikes in Syria (because it aids Islamic Rebels). Yesterday I put up a dissenting view from longtime reader and commenter Proud to serve. (It's vital to show the use … Continue reading Three Choices on Syria