On Syria, Putin’s Anti-War Case Outshines Obama’s Call For Bombs

Russian president challenges idea of “American exceptionalism” and, despite irony, makes compelling case against war.

Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, those who consider the United States of America "exceptional" above other countries—including President Obama—represent an "extremely dangerous" mindset when it comes to international relations and global peace. The closing salvo in a sharply worded, yet conciliatory, open letter to the American

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Long Shadow From 9/11 To Syria

America’s crisis over Syria has its roots in the deceptions and missteps stemming from the World Trade Center attacks.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, right, speaks with US President Barack Obama, during arrival ceremonies at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, June 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — On yet another dark anniversary of the day that changed the world, the United States finds itself once again in crisis. The events in Syria have shocked and sickened all who have seen the horrific videos of children gasping for life, of men and women foaming at the mouth, of stacks of white-shrouded bodies awaiting

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Delusional Thinking In the Age Of The Single Superpower

Even if economic power has become more “multipolar,” no actual state contests the American role on the planet in a serious way. Not yet at least.

South Korea and U.S. warships participate in their joint military drill Foal Eagle in South Korea's West sea. (AP Photo/South Korea Navy via Yonhap)

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic of an old house in London. Britain’s subservient Government Communications Headquarters, its version of the NSA, is paid off and the

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Obama Tries Persuading The Skeptical In Congress To Strike Syria

Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are pushing Obama for a larger-scale attack on the regime of President Bashar Assad.

In this July 7, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Congressional leadership to discuss the debt in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama worked on Monday to persuade skeptical lawmakers to endorse a U.S. military intervention in civil war-wracked Syria, winning conditional support from two leading Senate foreign policy hawks even as he encountered resistance from members of his own party after two days of a determined push to sell the

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Syrian Refugees Raise Tensions In Fragile Lebanon

According to the UN and other aid agencies, around 1 in 4 people in Lebanon is a refugee, including the hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians who have lived here for generations.

QAB ELIAS, Lebanon — The United Nations refugee agency is preparing for an influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon as the United States prepares for military strikes against Syrian regime targets in Damascus and around the country. Several thousand new refugees have fled Damascus for Lebanon in recent days, worried not only about US air strikes

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Obama Takes A Step Back, Waits For Congress To OK Syria action

President Obama said, “I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective.”

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about proposals to reduce gun violence, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON — Short on support at home and allies abroad, President Barack Obama unexpectedly stepped back from a missile attack against Syria on Saturday and instead asked Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar Assad's regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons. With Navy ships on standby in the Mediterranean Sea ready to launch their

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