The holiday season is a time for giving. We take a look at how you can help those less fortunate in besieged Aleppo.
This is the first in a series where I read and discuss a radical book on the left or right. This time, I address a book related to anarchist movements in the Syrian Civil War.
Burt Likko wonders whether, despite the unmitigated human rights awfulness that is the nascent would-be state forming in northern Iraq, swallowing our idealism and adopting a strategy of economic containment wouldn’t be a more practical alternative to making war against ISIS.
UPDATE: Reaction to President Obama’s address of September 10.
The New York Times ran a story that took Burt Likko’s breath away in outrage when he read it last night. But apparently, he’s pretty much the only one.
Step right up for some fearless prognostication!
Precis: In a crucial moment of opportunity, Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s new president, extends the hand of diplomacy. President Obama’s team, surprised and gratified, grasp for Rouhani’s hand. If the handshake pans out, this rapprochement will be Obama’s greatest triumph. Rouhani is no saint but will operate in his own best interests.
An open thread on the President’s remarks on Syria and where the crisis currently stands.
…well the civil war’s still going on, but airstrike averted maybe. Everyone seems to get a bit of what they want except the Syrian rebels who are hung out to dry…. Let’s hope this leads to the end of this sabre rattling.
The full text of the Senate’s joint resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria is now available.
As war with Syria approaches, no one cares. This, argues Tod Kelly, is the ultimate cost of the War on Terror.
Five must read articles on the subject of Syria.
James Fallows relays William R. Polk’s assessment of the Syria situation.
A short Labor Day weekend musing. The Arab League has now moved toward asking for a UNSC backed intervention in Syria. The announcement is sufficiently vaguely worded that it’s not likely to actually amount to a whole hill of beans in any event.
So President Obama made a big announcement today. I think it’s a very positive development. It’s also not what I’m going to be talking about in pt 2 of my musings. Instead I’d like to turn our attention to a lynchpin of US foreign policy in the Middle East. No, I’m not talking about Israel,…
As promised I am tackling the subject of Syria. The problem is that my thoughts are still embryonic, so this post will be more of an extended musing on the subject rather than a coherent essay. Topics I will touch on in the post are: What exactly is being discussed when we’re talking intervention? What…
Everyone wants to offer the President advice on what the U.S. should do about Syria, but no one has any clue how their plans would work or why.
Wise words from a nerd on Syria, chemical weapons, and Western intervention.
Jonathan Chait is reasonably sure that “killing some of the Syrians who are soldiers wantonly killing civilians will probably lead to a net decrease in killing,” and with that let the bombing commence.
While the President and his administration prime the American public for war with Syria, a look at some of the day’s most prevalent writing on the topic demonstrates just how little anyone knows about what might happen after the country does so.
~by Creon Critic What exactly is the delay in formulating a comprehensive strategy to transition the Assad regime out of power in Syria? However reluctant President Obama is to get further involved in another Middle East conflict, the clear threats to US national interests are already upon us. Which is why the US and allies…