Strange Silence on Success in Removing Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Katrina vanden Heuvel The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/katrina-vanden-heuvel-a-surprising-silence-on-success-in-syria/2013/11/05/6c5499e0-45b8-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_story.html Last week, buried beneath banner headlines blaring about Obamacare hearings, National Security Agency surveillance revelations and the Boston Red Sox’ World Series win, theOrganisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) quietly reported that Syria “has completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons...

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What War Means

We’re not good at discussing this, at confronting head-on what the toll of our best intentions and tortured interventions can be.

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Obama’s Rogue State Tramples Over Every Law It Demands Others Uphold

George Monbiot The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/09/obama-rogue-state-tramples-every-law You could almost pity these people. For 67 years successive US governments have resisted calls to reform the UN security council. They’ve defended a system which grants five nations a veto over world affairs, reducing all others to impotent spectators. They have abused the powers and...

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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175744/ Sometimes history happens at the moment when no one is looking.  On weekends in late August, the president of the United States ought to be playing golf or loafing at Camp David, not making headlines.  Yet Barack Obama chose Labor Day weekend to unveil arguably the...

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