The United States intervened militarily in Syria under the premise of the “war on terror” and the fight against ISIS, but
This information was never written into the official narrative, because it was important for the U.S. and NATO that their
President Barack Obama won election in 2008 promising an end to "dumb wars," and since then, he's vowed to avoid major troop commitments. Yet, even after all the fallout from recent interventions -- including, more recently, the spread of ISIS terrorism to Europe -- foreign policy hawks keep pushing Obama to send ground troops to Syria.
In an era when there has been failure aplenty for the U.S. military, disappointing results have become the new norm across the Greater Middle East and Africa, which undoubtedly breeds frustration in Washington.
When your group or country is attacked and civilians are killed (even if accidentally), a rally-around-the-flag effect usually occurs.
The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.
Bombing Syria will eventually lead to boots on the ground, and then what? We will produce more destruction in Syria, as we have already seen in Iraq, and only increase the hatred of the people of the Middle East toward the United States.
Our celebrity culture has turned us all into armchair therapists who put even our president on the couch to analyze his personality flaws. But when the label of "detached" acquires a political spin, it's no longer just nonsense. It becomes dangerous.
The current problem of Iraq will not be resolved by sending more U.S. troops, drones, or jets to Iraq. A U.S. military presence would only bring back the same problems associated with the invasion and occupation of the country. The United States can do something, however.
Great nations decline and fall through a fatal combination of too many wars abroad and a hollowing-out of institutions at home. If America gets its own house in order while leading coalitions abroad, we will do the world great good
So why are the United States, the European Union (EU), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) all on the road to the Russian capital? And exactly what are they hoping to achieve?
Let me be clear; Americans are not interested in another military intervention, and Barack Obama is probably the soberest guy in Washington today. But is his sobriety a sign of carefulness or utter indifference to the soaring Syrian tragedy?
While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.
Obama has not acted decisively with Western allies in an effort to end the horrific civil war in Syria. The tragic loss of nearly 150,000 Syrians, 9 million internally displaced persons and refugees, and the massive destruction would still pale in comparison to the near-complete devastation of the nation if nothing is done soon.
When small children want something to go away, they close their eyes. Poof! The monster disappears. The spoonful of spinach vanishes. The spilled milk evaporates. Except that they don't. U.S policymakers indulge in a similar variety of child's play called collapsism.
We have to do something about Syria's chemical weapons. And yet... No person of compassion can ever sanction war. And yet...
Can the President Change His Mind? -- 'Yes, He Can!': Why Backing off on Syria Is a Victory for Democracy and a Plaudit for Hillary
Who knows, if the world is willing to stand up for core principles, it might just find an opportunity to address together, the violence that has resulted in two million refugees being in desperate need of the world's targeted kindness.
7. 3. Panama Invasion A group of civilians who were killed during the invasion by U.S. forces lie on the floor of the morgue
Returning to the debate on military intervention in Syria, I resolutely reject the notion of "self-interest" as THE red line, THE bottom line, the line in the sand, as the sole, or as the primary consideration as many political leaders and pundits seem to argue.