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Ukraine War, May 30, 2022: No cure for addled thinking–Biden’s fear of Putin and refusal to give Ukraine weapons that can strike Russian territory; Trust and policy coordination with Ukraine v. mistrust and denial of needed weapons; SDP and Scholz out of sync with German public; New coalition of Greens and CDU possible if not likely

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Ukraine War, April 13, 2022 (I): U.S. still hung up on “offensive” v. “defensive” weapons distinction; U.S. won’t provide Ukraine with intelligence or weapons that would enable it to strike targets in Crimea or Russia, for fear of provoking Russia





Jacob Zuma flouts South African court order, Constitution and international law, allowing Sudanese president al-Bashir to escape arrest on ICC charges of genocide

Developing See Norimitsu Onishi, “South Africa High Court Says Allowing Bashir to Leave Violated Constitution, June 15, 2015. Isabel Ferrer, “Un nuevo revés para La…


Russian “Invasion” or Incursion” in Ukraine? Obama and the primacy of words over actions

Barack Obama, as noted here before, places the highest priority on words, and conducting foreign policy through words, not actions. See “ISIS or ISIL? A telling…


The fruits of pacifist foreign policies: Aggression in Ukraine, atrocities in Syria; Merkel’s fact-finding mission—a last chance to avert disaster?

The new hybrid pacifism The new, hybrid pacifism of Barack Obama and NATO countries has been obscured by Obama’s use of drones, and military operations…


We are a bunch of curious people, that’s for sure, who care about the commission of evil in this world

We are a bunch of curious people, that’s for sure. We are that small minority, minuscule perhaps, who follow foreign policy and world events in…


Moral cowardice in Europe and elsewhere: Bad-faith arguments on Syria by Germany and other countries lacking the courage to act

(Developing article) Following are the statements and ways German and other European and world leaders use to disguise the moral cowardice of nations that give…


Obama’s failure to justify military action against Syria under international law, and its pernicious impact

President Barack Obama has so far failed to offer a well-developed justification under international law for taking military action against Syria. While not a “slam…


Europe’s cowardice, and the urgent need to build a coalition of NATO members for military action in Syria

Developing story Europe’s memory and that of its politicians has proved quite short when considering whether to support an American military response to Bashar al-Assad’s…


Fine intellectual distinctions involving the use of force are likely to fail in Syria

Developing story News reports suggest President Obama is tailoring military action against Syria to achieve the goal of deterring Bashar al-Assad from ever using chemical…


Obama’s “intellectual” approach and continuing indecision on no-fly zone and arms in Syria

For background, see The Trenchant Observer, “Obama’s “intellectual” decision-making style and the covert supply of arms to the Free Syrian Army,” June 17, 2013. On…


Susan Rice and Samantha Power: Can they change Obama’s thinking on Syria? (updated)

For a particularly penetrating analysis of the backgrounds of Susan Rice and Samantha Power, and the chances that they might be able to change Obama’s…