Restoring Congress’ Role In Making War

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by Robert E. Hunter Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground. Instead, our… Continue Reading  

Military Force is a Blunt Instrument, Mr. President

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by Larry Wilkerson Now that we have heard Secretary of State John Kerry’s emotional plea for us to believe the still rather ambiguous intelligence on chemical weapons use in Syria, there are far more substantive answers to be sought from… Continue Reading  

US/Syria: Coping with the Global Hangover from the Bush Era

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by Wayne White The Bush administration’s deception and irresponsible military action involving Iraq had a wide-ranging adverse impact on populations in countries critical to the enforcement of international standards regarding war crimes. Yesterday’s vote by the British parliament to oppose… Continue Reading  

Reactions to the Use of CW in Syria: “A Touch of Insanity”?

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by Peter Jenkins Once we came across a man-of-war anchored off the coast.…in the empty immensity of earth, sky and water there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent….There was a touch of insanity in the proceedings. — Joseph Conrad In… Continue Reading  

Laughing ’til it Hurts: Political Satirists on Syria

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by Marsha B. Cohen One of the more disconcerting developments in foreign policy discussions in the 21st century  is that political satirists seem to be offering keener and more prescient assessments of the dilemmas involved than pundits and policy makers.… Continue Reading