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The risks of playing the Russians’ diplomatic game: Putin, al-Assad, and their willing dupe–Barack Obama

Unless the military balance shifts, talk of diplomacy is little more than an excuse to ignore atrocities and red lines. The choice is not between…



Obama’s distorted relationship with the truth: Al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria

(developing story) See Isabelle Lasserre, “Washington tergiverse face aux armes chimiques d’Assad,” Le Figaro, 23 avril 2013 (mis à jour le 24/04/2013 à 16:13). President…


60,000 killed in Syria—REPRISE II: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #91 (January 2, 2013)

Barbarism in a Leaderless World The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights now estimates there have been “59,648 individuals reported killed in Syria between 15…



Kofi Annan’s Ghost Arises: More Illusory Solutions from Brahimi and China—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #89 (November 8)

Chinese Proposal for Syria It is curious indeed to see China propose a “solution” to the Syrian civil war at this precise moment in time,…


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…


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…


The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #70 (July 28)

The Opening of the XXX Olympic Games It was a poignant moment, as world leaders gathered in London last night (July 27) for the opening…


REPRISE: Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Without Security Council Authorization—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #68 (July 25)

The article reproduced below, and the earlier articles it cites, address the issue of the legal justifications that might be advanced to support the supply…


REPRISE: Hommage à Homs: Jacques Prévert, “Barbara” (with English translation); Paul Verlaine, “Ariette III” —Obama’s Debacle in Syria— Update #53 (June 19)

Voir / See BEYROUTH (Reuters) – L’opposition syrienne a accusé mardi l’armée gouvernementale d’intensifier ses bombardements sur les quartiers résidentiels de Homs et les autorités…


UN committe against torture reports on al-Assad’s abuses; Germany punts on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #38 (April 16)

News Item “Committee Against Torture Convenes Extraordinary Meeting on Situation in Syria,” UN Watch. May 16, 2012. Excerpts: “The Chairman stressed that the Committee is…


William Hague (March 22): “We will not forget the people of Syria for a single day.”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #33 (May 1)

There is a tendency to lose interest in the events on the ground in a country like Syria, after so much newsprint has been expended,…


Where are the State Department Country Reports on Human Rights? Are Clinton and Geithner visits to China at play? (Updated May 1)

Section 116(d) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, provides that “(T)he Secretary of State shall transmit to the Speaker of the House of…


Latest news reports—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #32

Latest News Reports and Opion [will update] David Enders, “Rare inside view of Syria’s rebels finds a force vowing to fight on,” McClatchy Newspapers, April…


Developments on the ground—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Upadate #31 (April 26)

The civil war in Syria rages on, with the Security Council’s 6-point peace plan a dead letter and largely irrelevant–except as a collective delusion which…


Security Council establishes observer mission (UNSMIS) with 300 officials to monitor implementation of Kofi Annan plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #28 (April 22)

Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2043 (April 21, 2012) On Saturday, April 21, the United Nations Security Council adopted by a unanimous vote Resolution 2043, which establishes…


Stop the killing: Stop al-Assad, Putin, and Kofi Annan’s peace plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #27 (April 21)

News Update See Alexandra Sandels, “Syria street protests met with force; On a day when U.N. monitors are missing, Syria government forces try to prevent…


At last, the Security Council acts on Syria, adopting Resolution 2042—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #26 (April 14)

Finally, after 10,000 deaths, the United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution on Syria, by a unanimous vote of 15-0, with the affirmative votes…


Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Without Security Council Authorization—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #24 (April 8)

The futility of the 6-point peace plan of Kofi Annan and the Security Council should now be clear for even the most willfully obtuse to…