U.S. Intervention


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Reasoning from conclusions: Blind hope as the basis for U.S. foreign policy in Syria

Developing See Karen DeYoung, “U.S. calls on Russia and Syria to ground all aircraft in northwest Syria,” Washington Post, September 21, 2016 (8:28 PM). Karen deYoung and Missy Ryan, “Pentagon grudgingly accepts Syria deal amid…


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With Obama having checked out, U.S. foreign policy is on auto pilot—“Do nothing”

(Developing) As we have pointed out, President Barack Obama has effectively checked out of his responsibilities to vigilantly promote nd defend the foreign policy interests of the United States. The country is on “Obama auto…


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A “cessation of hostilities” in Syria? (with link to text of February12, 2016 Munich communique)

The ghost of Kofi Annan lives on, in the form of the U.N. negotiations under the aegis of Stefan de Mistura and the Security Council’s resolution in December, 2015 laying out the latest version of…


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Syria: Aleppo and the shame of the world

For background, see (1) Roger Cohen, “America’s Syrian Shame,” The New York Times, February 8, 2016. (2) David E. Sanger, “Russian Intervention in Syrian War Has Sharply Reduced U.S. Options, New York Times, February 10,…


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2016: Fateful time for a conversation about international law

Does any of this matter? Do we care any more about whether one country invades another by military force? Does it matter how we respond? It has been 30 years, more or less, since there…


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REPRISE: Veterans’ Day, 2011: “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?”

First published, November 11, 2011 My uncle died in a field in northern France with a German bullet in his head. To him, and all the other veterans of America’s wars, I am immensely grateful…


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The last international lawyer, or so it seemed

It was a curious time, when the world fell apart and no one noticed. Ideas and institutions that men had died to defend no longer seemed important. The experience of two world wars in the…


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David Petraeus offers clear policy suggestions on Syria and Iraq in testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee (video and transcript)

“U.S. Policy in the Middle East, C-Span, September 22, 2015. Former CIA Director and General David Petraeus (Ret.) testified at a hearing on U.S. policy toward the Middle East and combating ISIS* in the region. He…


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Who is Putin? Proof of Russian military aggression in the Ukraine

A stellar team from a leading German newspaper, Die Welt, have now assembled a powerful narrative of Russian aggression in the eastern Ukraine or Donbas region including the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. While other…