Trump Punts on Syria

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by John Feffer Donald Trump wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Wednesday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay for the pullout. Maybe… Continue Reading  

Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever

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by Gregory Shupak In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump’s claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat’s shared belief in American… Continue Reading  

Mattis Resigns: Sky Will Not Fall

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by Paul R. Pillar   Take a deep breath, everyone, while contemplating the rapid-fire events that have culminated in Secretary of Defense James Mattis submitting his resignation. Mattis is a distinguished public servant and an uncommonly knowledgeable warrior. Although he… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Missile Test: A Provocation, Not a Violation

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by Mark Fitzpatrick Iran’s reported test of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) on December 1 gave its enemies further ammunition in their vitriolic campaign against the regime. But in exaggerating the offense, the Trump administration has undermined its case. US… Continue Reading  

Six Steps to Make Most of Senate’s Yemen Vote

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by International Crisis Group The U.S. Congress is notoriously reluctant to take tough decisions on matters of war and peace, which makes the Senate’s 29 November vote on the conflict in Yemen all the more remarkable. The Senate voted by… Continue Reading