Rajan Menon, National Interest: American Military Intervention Can't Save Syria
The New York Times appears to have experienced an epiphany of the obvious on Syria.
On October 6, its op-ed page ran a piece by Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, both former members of President Obama’s National Security Council, warning against American military intervention in Syria’s civil war.
The paper has been a hospitable forum for advocates of military intervention in Syria, academics (some of whom had been senior foreign policy officials) as well as Senators. They had backed the wars in Iraq and Libya but insisted that their recommendations would work this time around. Don’t learn the wrong lessons from history…that sort of thing.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 7, 2016
Why Russia Is Threatening the US in Syria -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures
Only U.S. resolve can save Syrians -- Colin P. Clarke and William Courtney, USA Today
Will Obama's Aimless Drifting Lead to War in Syria? -- Robert W. Merry, National Interest
Al Qaeda Growing Stronger By the Minute -- Bennett Seftel, Cipher Brief
How ISIS terrorists neutralize guilt to justify their atrocities -- Bertrand Venard, The Conversation
Israel Braces for Obama's Parting Gift to Palestinians -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
Special Report: In Duterte's war on drugs, local residents help draw up hit lists -- Andrew R.C. Marshall and John Chalmers, Reuters
Is South Korea a 'nation in trouble'? -- Julian Ryall, DW
The Pentagon’s War in Libya Is Quietly Heating Up -- Joseph Trevithick, War Is Boring
ISIS replaced Boko Haram's leader for being too bloodthirsty — now the group's splintering -- Max Siollun, Foreign Policy
Is Kenya losing the war against al-Shabab? -- Up Front/Al Jazeera
War of words escalates as Moroccans go to vote -- Hisham Aidi, Al Jazeera
What We Can Learn From the Refugee Crisis That Doomed the Roman Empire -- Eric Scigliano, Observer
The next U.S. president’s big problem: an emboldened Putin -- Konrad Yakabuski, The Globe and Mail
Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize: From Bad to Farce -- Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast