The Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote paves the way for full Senate debate
Turkish government officials and Kurdish militants are divided when it comes to Syria, with Ankara strongly supporting the prospect of American military strikes, and most Kurds opposing them. This difference could place great strain on the Kurdish peace process in Turkey, in the event the United States takes action in Syria.
In 1921, the Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello wrote an absurdist play titled?Six Characters In Search of An Author.? Think of this column as six observations on Syria in search of a conclusion.
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Chillingly, the just cited Wikileaks memorandum notes that the assembled military and intelligence officers ?don’t believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi …
Who Really Crossed the Red Line?
US threatens Syria amid threat of fresh Western war in Mid-East
With the Obama administration in an all-out blitz to gain congressional authorization for a strike On Syria, the debate over chemical weapons and a potential U.S. military retaliation has taken an inevitable turn: The conspiracy theories have arrived.
The drums of war are getting louder as the US prepares for a ?punitive? bombing campaign on Syria. Online, everyone has become an overnight expert on Syria.
Palestinian Iyad El-Baghdadi notes:
Russia is sending a missile cruiser to the east Mediterranean to take over the navy’s operations in the region
Israel must provide Palestinians living in the occupied territories with gas masks, a Palestinian official has said, in the event of a spillover of violence from Syria.
By Patricia H. Kushlis
For such a small country, international concern over the civil war in Syria is outsized. As they say in real estate, however, location is everything and Syria borders on any number of countries in the Middle East from Turkey to the north to Lebanon and Israel on the south. It also provides a small supply base for the Russian Navy ? its only one in the Mediterranean.
Undoubtedly you?ve heard that U.S. credibility is on the line, thanks to President Obama?s vacillation over what to do about Syria.
By seeking congressional approval for military action against the Syrian government, President Obama has accomplished something that the nation hasn?t seen in some time: He?s compelled Republicans to divert their attention from their concocted crises to an issue of actual substance.
Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is in a spirited debate ? with himself.
Barack Obama is betting his presidency on the hope of cooperation from an institution that he disdains and has proved incapable of taming. His roll-the-dice gamble for congressional go-ahead in Syria may well succeed. Still, the risk is enormous for Obama?s fraying credibility, and the implications are significant not only for the power of this president but for his successors.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad has warned Turkey to ?think twice? before participating in a probable U.S.-led operation in Syria