Syria Deserves a Real US Policy for Peace

June 14, 2018

Donald Trump’s Syria “policy” has been largely reactionary and too reliant upon military force, ignoring opportunities to negotiate an end to the war. On April 13, US President Donald Trump authorized what he called a “perfectly executed strike” against Syrian President Bashar...

Congress Should Still Vote on Trump’s Syrian Strike

April 17, 2018

Launching missiles against another country is nothing short of an act of war. The Constitution gives Congress the sole authority to declare war, not the president. When he ordered a “surgical” bombing strike against Syria in retaliation for Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons...

The Lessons of the West’s Incompetence in Syria

April 16, 2018

For all of President Trump’s bombastic threats, the actual attack made no effort to damage Assad’s grip on power or to tilt the balance in the civil war. The recent allied attack against Syria was a deliberately crafted gesture which amounted to no more than a statement that the use of...

Syria Airstrikes Have No Strategy in Sight

April 14, 2018

The possibility of airstrikes against Syria demonstrates yet again how policy undermines military strategy. On April 12, Britain’s emergency “war cabinet” sat to deliberate airstrikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria as a response to yet another chemical attack...