The War in Syria Cannot Be Won, But Can Be Ended

The War in Syria Cannot Be Won, But Can Be Ended

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5 Concrete Steps the US Can Take to End the Syria Crisis

5 Concrete Steps the US Can Take to End the Syria Crisis

This article originally appeared in The Nation. The civil war in Syria grinds on, and conditions for Syrian civilians—those inside its borders as well as the millions forced to flee to neighboring countries—continue to deteriorate. As global and regional...
The Off-the-Cuff Breakthrough on Syria

The Off-the-Cuff Breakthrough on Syria

John Kerry may have just accidentally earned himself a Nobel Peace Prize. In off-the-cuff remarks to reporters, the Secretary of State reiterated his support for a U.S. attack on Syria, saying Bashar al-Assad could only ward off a U.S. strike by turning over his...
On the Brink of Another War

On the Brink of Another War

President Barack Obama stands on the brink of engaging the United States in another war of choice in the Middle East. Ostensibly because the Syrian regime crossed Obama’s self-declared “red line” by using chemical weapons, Washington will deliver small arms, including...
Has Intervention by the United States Become, by Definition, a Mistake?

Has Intervention by the United States Become, by Definition, a Mistake?

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, using as a justification its conclusion that the Assad regime had killed 150 or more people with sarin gas – technically a weapon of mass destruction – the Obama administration has made decision to supply Syrian rebels with small arms...
Take Syria Seriously–And Stay Out

Take Syria Seriously–And Stay Out

Syria’s civil war has inspired some in Congress and in the media. Stupidity or insanity? Some people don’t learn from past mistakes. Why start another body count in a Middle East conflict with no direct relationship to U.S. security? New York Times...
Syria: The Threats, the Claims, the Costs, the Lives

Syria: The Threats, the Claims, the Costs, the Lives

This piece originally appeared on Open Democracy. Politically-driven demands for direct U.S. intervention in Syria — more arms to the rebels, establishing a “no-fly” zone, creating a safe area somewhere — have been flying around for months. So...
The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On

The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On

If, as alleged, the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons, it would indeed be a serious development, constituting a breach of the Geneva Protocol of 1925, one of the world’s most important disarmament treaties, which banned the use of chemical weapons. In...