A review of the politics of the debate over a US strike on Syria. Who made political gains and losses and why? One thing that was certainly set back was room in the discussion about doing anything within international diplomacy about a war which has killed 110,000 people and created some 7 million refugees (which amounts to about 1/3 of the population!). Still, how this plays out among important players in the international community and within US foreign policy matters. So, I looked at a few of those key players (by no means an exhaustive list) at Lobelog.
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Posted in Syria, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, chemical weapons use in Syria, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Israel, John Kerry, red lines, Russia, Syria, Syria intervention, Syria Strike, Syrian civil war, Vladimir Putin on September 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Syria, tagged ARab League, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Caucasus, Central America, chemical weapons, European Union, France, Gulf of Tonkin, Iran, Israel, John Kerry, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Reagan Administration, Russia, Syria, United Nations, Vietnam on September 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Both opposition to and support of Barack Obama’s proposal to bomb Syria have been focusing on a chemical weapons attack that killed some 1400 people while pushing to the background a civil war that has killed 100,000. The spiraling situation in Syria and the growing callousness of the discourse around it, in the West and elsewhere is long on what should not be done but tragically bereft of what should be done. I try to change that in my piece this week in Souciant.
Posted in Syria, United States, tagged AIPAC, Assad, Congress, diplomacy, foreign policy, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Israel Lobby, Obama, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian Intervention, UN Security Council, War Powers Resolution on September 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
President Obama shocked many with his announcement that, despite the fact that he had decided to strike Syria, he was going to seek authorization from Congress. At LobeLog, I examine some of the implications for US politics and foreign policy, as well as the immediate meaning for an attack on Syria.
Posted in International Law, Syria, tagged AIPAC, Assad, Barack Obama, China, Cold War, European Union, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, international law, Israel, Israeli Settlements, Obama, OPT, Russia, Sergei Lavrov, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian opposition, Syrian rebels, UN, UN Security Council, United States, US Policy on Israeli Settlements, USSR, West Bank on August 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Syria, tagged arming syrian rebels, Asad, Assad, Barack Obama, France, great britain, Iran, Israel, John McCain, New York Times, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian rebels on May 28, 2013 | Leave a Comment »