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Category Archive: Foreign Policy

Sep 26 2013

St. Ronald the Magnificent and Diplomacy

I’ve written many times about how Republicans have invented a fictional Ronald Reagan, St. Ronald the Magnificent, and projected upon him every view they currently hold. Peter Beinart offers another example of how the real Reagan differs from St. Ronald and relates it to the current criticism of Obama for negotiating with Iran and Syria.

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Sep 24 2013

ICC: As Useless as the United Nations

Eric Posner has an article at Slate about the International Criminal Court, pointing out that it has been almost entirely useless in prosecuting war crimes and human rights violation. But like the United Nations, the major powers — us especially — made sure that it was ineffective.

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Sep 11 2013

A Possible Political Solution in Syria

This growing boondoggle on Syria gets more absurd by the day. Monday morning, John Kerry held a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and, of course, the questions were all about Syria. When a reporter asked if there was anything Assad could do to avoid military action by the United States, he …

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Sep 10 2013

Would Obama Attack Without Congressional Approval?

As Congress continues to “debate” whether to approve a resolution authorizing President Obama to launch a bombing campaign in Syria, perhaps the most fascinating question in all of this is whether Obama would go ahead and do it even if Congress votes no (and it appears that the House may well do exactly that). Paul …

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Sep 09 2013

Republican Invokes Imaginary Reagan

St. Ronald the Perfect, the entirely mythical Ronald Reagan that lives in Republican imaginations, was invoked in the debate over whether to authorize missile strikes against Syria for the use of chemical weapons. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) appeared on Fox News and delivered this whopper:

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Sep 06 2013

Obama, Syria, Clouds and Silver Linings

One of the more amusing things to me over the last few years is watching the most devoted Obama acolytes claim over and over again that virtually every mistake he’s made or bad thing he’s done is really some secret, brilliant strategy that is just too sophisticated for mere mortals to understand. Ezra Klein says …

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Sep 05 2013

The Government that Cried ‘War’

Re: Chemical weapons in Syria: I have no doubt they were used, but it isn’t clear who used them. Now that should be the kind of thing that can be supported with evidence. Our intelligence services should be able to identify who is responsible for using them and provide a wide range of evidence for …

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Sep 05 2013

WND Can’t Make Up Its Mind on Syria

Joseph Farah’s Worldnetdaily has a problem. They just can’t seem to make up their mind about Obama’s actions toward Syria, so they’re criticizing him for contradictory things. Obama is horribly wrong because he’s going to bomb Syria and support the Muslim extremist, Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels AND he’s horribly wrong and abdicating his role as commander-in-chief …

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Sep 03 2013

Obama to Seek Congressional Approval. Kind Of.

President Obama surprised people late last week by almost kinda pretending to make his behavior consistent with his rhetoric by asking for congressional approval before he bombs Syria. The man who once said the president could not take military action without congressional approval except in an immediate and necessary response to an imminent threat — …

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Sep 03 2013

Military Leaders Skeptical of Syria Bombing

I have long said that I trust the military leadership to make important decisions on the use of American military power far more than I do elected officials of either party. Politicians tend to make decisions on specious, self-serving grounds and be far too beholden to the defense industry to make rational decisions that actually …

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Sep 01 2013

Rumsfeld: Syria Attack Not Justified

From the Department of Extraordinary Chutzpah comes a report that Donald Rumsfeld — Donald F’ing Rumsfeld, for crying out loud — says that Obama hasn’t made the case for bombing Syria. The Guinness Book of World Records is investigating to see if this tops Bryan Fischer’s previous record for obliviousness to both reality and irony.

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Aug 30 2013

Syria and the Art of Ignoring Reality

There’s trouble in the Middle East — as there nearly always is — and the usual suspects are demanding the usual action. Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard is beating the drums for war, a musical refrain that should sound quite familiar. He’s signed an open letter to President Obama demanding military intervention in Syria, a letter …

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Aug 28 2013

CIA Helped Iraq Use Chemical Weapons Against Iran

This has been the worst kept secret for a long time, but Foreign Policy now has documents from the CIA that prove that the U.S. government helped Iraq use chemical weapons against Iran in attacks that dwarf anything that the Syrian government has done against the rebels there.

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Aug 28 2013

Is Obama Planning Intervention in Syria?

It appears that President Obama is preparing a military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We have no idea what sort of military response. I doubt it will be boots on the ground, at least not yet. More likely some strategic bombing of specific targets. Here’s the evidence that such planning is …

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Jun 21 2013

Syria: Kerry Wanted Airstrikes

Jeffrey Goldberg reports that Secretary of State John Kerry wanted President Obama to go much further in his shift in policy in Syria. He wanted Obama to order air strikes at targets inside Syria that are controlled by Assad but the Pentagon was strongly opposed to the idea.

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