The Syrian Experiment

A street in Homs, Syria in 2011 and 2014

Unlike in Tripoli, there will be no direct American intervention in Damascus. At most, the United States and its Middle Eastern allies will continue to make the Syrian uprising possible through material support. Contrary to paranoiac expectations, President Obama does not seem inclined to ask Congress for any further authority, and because of Russia’s veto […]

Burned By Bush, Media Enables Syria Conspiracy Nuts With Concern Quotes

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Nausea, twitching, and convulsions. Severely dilated pupils. Red, tearing eyes. Uncontrollable drooling and runny nose. These are the symptoms of a GB nerve agent attack that I learned at Army Basic Training. I used to have nightmares about the stuff, and they were triggered by every NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) exercise in protective gear. Via […]

Damascene Götterdämmerung (UPDATE: Defeat Doctrine)

This Voice Of America article offers divergent points of view on the question of Syria’s chemical weapons. Given their history as deterrent to Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear force, Syrian stockpiles were never designed for use against Syrian cities. But the chances of that happening go up with each day that Assad’s position deteriorates. We simply don’t […]

Damascene Götterdämmerung (UPDATE: Defeat Doctrine)

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This Voice Of America article offers divergent points of view on the question of Syria’s chemical weapons. Given their history as deterrent to Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear force, Syrian stockpiles were never designed for use against Syrian cities. But the chances of that happening go up with each day that Assad’s position deteriorates. We simply don’t […]

Arc de Triomphe a la Syria

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Continuing violence and atrocities are obviating any peace initiative in Syria: France now says the Security Council should consider the use of force in Syria if a UN-backed peace plan proposed by international envoy Kofi Annan fails to stop the violence. When the peace party screams about “empire” in the next couple of weeks, note […]

Look Out, Here Come the Ottomans

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Bashar al-Assad is determined to go the hard way, and he’s making the giant to his North angry. This is Turkey’s head of state speaking: What should Turkey do in the event of a border violation? Turkey will eventually do what other countries would do in accordance with international law. This is a right granted […]

Rules of Politics

Mideast Dubai Hamas Slaying

I’m going out on a totally-unsupported limb here and rethink my whole attitude towards the Dubai assassination mess just on this guy’s say-so: “There is no reason to think that it was the Israeli Mossad and not some other intelligence service or country up to some mischief,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Army Radio […]