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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…


Grave errors, repeated? The United States, France, the U.K. and Kofi Annan’s successor; Latest developments on UNSMIS, Joint Special Envoy—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #76 (August 16) Revised 20:00 GMT

Updated August 16 at 20:00 GMT Latest Developments: – U.N. Security Council allows UNSMIS mission to end on August 19 – Russia pushes hard to…


Ban Ki-Moon’s unceremonious dismissal of General Robert Hood; SG on verge of disastrous appointment of successor to Kofi Annan—Obama’s debacle in Syria — Update #73 (August 10)

The mediation mission of Kofi Annan has turned into a hydra-headed monster that the United States, France and the United Kingdom do not seem to…


General Mood of UNSMIS briefs Security Council—Obama’s Debacle in Syria— Update #54 (June 19) (with video links)

Reflections on Gen. Mood’s decision to stand down UNSMIS observers in Syria On May 15, we wrote: What will it take for the international community…


“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…


Annan fails in Damascus as Syrian army continues its onslaught—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #11 (March 11)

Predictably, Kofi Annan was rebuffed by Bashar al-Asad in talks in Damascus on March 10-11.  Inexplicably, Annan declared following his talks in Damascus that there exist grounds…


Tanks roll in Idlib as Kofi Annan is rebuffed—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #10 (March 10)

As the sad spectacle of Kofi Annan’s “mediation” of the conflict proceeds, and the world’s attention is turned to what Russia, or Annan, or the…


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…


The “Rational Actor” Fallacy and Stopping Syria’s Atrocities—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #8 (March 9)

“There are times, such as when a man or a group of men are in the act of firing weapons to kill innocent civilians, when…


Lack of Moral Courage at the Highest Levels—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #7 (March 8)

For earlier articles on Syria by The Trenchant Observer, see the Articles on Syria page. President Obama’s response to the terror and crimes against humanity…


U. N. General Assembly condemns Syria by by vote of 137 to 12, with 17 abstentions (text of resolution and updated vote breakdown)—Syria Update #6

Today, February 16, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly approved by an overwhelming margin (137 in favor, 12 against, with 17 abstentions) a resolution (Doc.A/66/L.36)…


China gets free ride on Security Council veto; questions for Xi Jinping; Nivi Pillay before General Assembly—Syria Update #5

A curious thing has occurred since both China and Russia vetoed the draft Security Council resolution on Syria on February 4, which was supported by…



China defends Syrian regime committing crimes against humanity, blocking Security Council action—Syria Update #2

China and Russia on Saturday vetoed a Security Council resolution supporting the Arab League peace initiative and transition plan in Syria, even after it had…


Qatar’s leader suggests sending troops to Syria

The Financial Times reported today, Arab troops should be sent to end the bloodshed in the uprising against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, Qatar’s ruler has…


Government Terror in Syria—Putin, Al Assad, and Security Council Referral to the ICC

The Arab League “deal” with Syria looks increasingly like the African Union peace efforts aimed at blocking Security Council action in Libya. Fortunately, NATO and…