Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- April 30, 2013

Obama 'Red Line' On Syrian Chemical Weapons Gets A Bit Grayer -- Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor

President Obama has said Syria's use of chemical weapons would be a 'red line.' Evidence is mounting, but Obama's desire for an international response throws prospects for action into doubt.

President Obama on Tuesday appeared to rule out any unilateral US intervention in Syria no matter what the ongoing investigation of chemical weapons use there reveals – a position that conforms to Mr. Obama’s strong preference for collective action in the international arena, but one that could also lower the prospects for intervention.

Speaking at a White House press conference, the president said that not the US alone but the “international community” as well has to be confident in the evidence that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons before action can be taken.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Time running out for Syria as world stands paralyzed -- Kristalina Georgieva, The Daily Star

America Can't End Syria's Civil War -- George Friedman, Real Clear World/Stratfor

Don’t link Syrian crisis to Iran -- Gordon Robison, Gulf News

Revenge, or fear of it, must not lead Syria to chemical warfare -- Christian Science Monitor editorial

Tripoli on Edge as Fears of Additional Bombings in Libya Escalate -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

North Africa Is Becoming The New Afghanistan, And Only President Obama Can Stop It -- Richard Miniter, Forbes

As South Korea and US end military drills, how will North Korea react? -- Steven Borowiec, Christian Science Monitor

Looming Clash Between Seoul and Washington Over Nuclear Technology -- Audrey Yoo, Time

Can This Alliance Be Saved? Salvaging the U.S.-Pakistan Relationship -- C. Christine Fair, Time

Musharraf framed by his past -- Abid Mustafa, The Nation

China's Militant Nationalism -- Gordon Chang, Real Clear World

The Myth of Dirty Russian Money -- Fraser Cameron and Maria Ordzhonikidze, The Moscow Times

Is the Franco-German union heading for divorce? -- France 24

A ‘hard hand’ in Venezuela -- Washington Post editorial

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