Iran Torn on Syria

by Alireza Nader via USIP Iran has mixed feelings and conflicting interests in the Syrian crisis. Tehran has a strategic interest in opposing chemical weapons due to its own horrific experience during the 1980-1988 war with Iraq. For years, President… Continue Reading  

The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

Don’t Hold Your Breath by Andrew J. Bacevich via Tom Dispatch Sometimes history happens at the moment when no one is looking.  On weekends in late August, the president of the United States ought to be playing golf or loafing… Continue Reading  

Syria Has Become Iran’s Vietnam – Let’s Help It Escape

by Mark Fitzpatrick via IPS News As if the Iran nuclear issue was not already difficult enough, it became even more complicated when Bashar al-Assad unleashed his chemical weapons across Damascus suburbs last month. Suddenly, the Syria issue is overshadowing… Continue Reading  

US Credibility Requires More than Enforcing Red Lines on Syria

by Robert E. Hunter “…my credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line.” — President Barack Obama, Stockholm, September 4, 2013 President Obama and other US supporters of attacking Syria in response to its… Continue Reading  

Restoring Congress’ Role In Making War

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