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Benghazi update: New questions raised on intelligence, decision-making failures (Updated November 6, 2012)

Latest Reports and Opinion Adam Housley, “Exclusive: Security officials on the ground in Libya challenge CIA account,” Fox News, November 3, 2012. Jennifer Rubin, “Obama’s…


Strategy of Assassination: Israel’s “targeted prevention” operations including its admitted assassination of PLO’s Abu Dschihad in 1988

Shristoph Sydow has published an important report, based on Israeli sources, of the policy of assassination Israel has followed going gack at least to the…


International law and foreign policy questions for third presidential debate

Developing Questions for Romney and Obama at the third presidential debate on foreign policy, to be held on October 22 1.  Will you push for Senate…



REPRISE: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #88 (October 11)

Originally published July 28, 2012 The Opening of the XXX Olympic Games It was a poignant moment, as world leaders gathered in London last night…


No time for cowboys: U.S. preparation for reprisals against Libyan targets

News report WASHINGTON — The United States is laying the groundwork for operations to kill or capture militants implicated in the deadly attack on a…


The punishment of presumed innocents: From the Vatican, and Afghanistan, cautionary tales for our times

Excerpt Pope Benedict’s former butler, on trial for stealing papal documents, told a Vatican court on Tuesday that during the first weeks of his detention…


REPRISE: Responding to Atrocities in Syria: It’s Not Just About Al-Assad, It’s About Us—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #86 (September 18)

Responding to Atrocities in Syria: It’s Not Just About Al-Assad, It’s About Us Originally published March 6, 2012 I heard a boy in Syria on…




Obama, the Warrior, accepts the Democratic nomination

The Observer is still processing information from the Republican national convention, last week, and the Democratic national convention, which concluded yesterday, Thursday, September 6. The…


André Glucksmann, “The killing continues in Syria” (English translation)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #81 (August 28)

The French text of André Gluckmann’s article on Syria and Vladimir Putin, published in Le Monde on August 11, has now been translated (in rather…


Washington Post editorial decries “moral bankruptcy” of Obama policy on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #80 (August 28, 2012)

On August 27 the Washington Post published an editorial regarding U.S. policy on Syria, and the Obama administration’s “stubborn stance of passivity” in the face…


Die Zeit (Berlin): Military intervention in Syria is “absolutely essential”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #79 (August 27, 2012)

Latest Press Reports and Commentary (1) Die Zeit (Berlin) reported on August 27, in an article by Martin Gehlen, that military intervention in Syria is…


Continuing massacres in Syria, at Daraya and elsewhere; legal justification for military intervention — Obama’s Debacle in Syria —Update #78 (August 26)

Anxiety over the risks of a regional conflagration deepened further as it became clear that the violence in Syria was intensifying, with more civilians killed….