Kerry insists Assad must go, but then what?


In his opening remarks at talks aimed at halting the years of violence and killing in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that there is only one way for things to move forward in the war torn country. "[W]e see only one option: a negotiated transition government formed by mutual consent." That means,… Continue reading Kerry insists Assad must go, but then what?

Syria: Scratching the war itch


You know the mantras of the Obama administration's call for attacking Syria, by now: no "boots on the ground;"  no "long term campaign;"  no "open ended commitment." "What we will do,"  the President said, August 30, "is consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons, understanding that there's not going to be a… Continue reading Syria: Scratching the war itch

Let’s not say ‘Let them all kill each other’


"There are credible reports that the death toll now often exceeds 100 civilians a day, including many women and children," U.N. Under-Secretary-General for political affairs Lynn Pascoe told the U.N. Security Council. "The total killed so far is certainly well over 7,500 people." - Reuters report, 28 February, 2012, on the assault of Bashar al-Assad's… Continue reading Let’s not say ‘Let them all kill each other’