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Will the raging fire in Syria reach the cedars of Lebanon?—Obama’s Debacle in Syira — Update #77 (August 24)

If you’ve ever attended a conference at the Commodore Hotel or walked near the American University in West Beirut, or had a drink at a lively bar or eaten lunch in Ashrafiieh, in East Beirut,…


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Syrian fighting spills over into Lebanon, threatening stability there—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #42 (May 24)

[developing story–check back for updates) Latest News and Opinion   Victor Kotsev, “Syria and Lebanon stare into the abyss,” Asia Times Online, May 24, 2012. (comprehensive overview and analysis) Dominic Evans (Reuters/Beirut), “Syria violence shakes…


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U.S. Covert Action in Syria?—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #40 (May 22)

The “Covert Commander in Chief” and America’s real policy toward Syria Indeed, as pointed out in our previous article, statements from Obama and his administration at the G-8 summit at Camp David do appear clueless….


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Obama clueless on Syria? G-8 endorses UN peace plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria—Update #39 (May 21)

Latest News Reports and Opinion Clashes over the weekend following the killing of two Sunni clerics at a roadblock in Tripoli, under ambiguous circumstances, have raised again the real posibility of Lebanon being drawn into…


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“By all necessary means”: Syria is closer than you think, and the hour is late—Obama’s debacle in Syria — Update #25 (April 9)

Syria is Closer than you Think Distance between Damascus and the following cities: Beirut, Lebanon 53 miles Amman, Jordan 110 miles Tel Aviv, Israel 134 miles Cairo, Egypt 382 miles Ankara, Turkey 433 miles Baghad,…


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The Daily Star: “We procrastinate”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #9 (March 9)

The Daily Star (Beirut) has been one of the absolute best sources for reliable and up-to-date information on what is going on in Syria, and on the broader significance of events. Today’s Editorial (March 9)…


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Obama’s debacle in Syria

President Obama and his foreign policy team made a huge effort not to get involved in Libya, but in the end they were dragged into military action by the French and the British, and other…


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Syria: The Human Cost of Delay

An editorial today in The Daily Star (Beirut) reviewed the major developments and factors at play in Syria, including 1) the report of the Arab League monitors to be issued this weekend; 2) the UN…