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"On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it's important for him (Putin) to give me space. … This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility." Barack Obama to Dmitry Medvedev, open mic,...
WASHINGTON -- This week's 10th anniversary of the Iraq War passed quietly, and that's not a bad thing. Most Americans have no wish to celebrate the war, fought under false pretenses to a costly and ambiguous end. But in Washington this week there are...
WASHINGTON -- I hate the sequester, beginning with its name. "Sequester" is a verb, not a noun. This ridiculous exercise is not just unwise and unproductive, but ungrammatical as well. I hate the way the sequester diverts attention from issues that...
Secretary of State John Kerry announced yesterday that the United States will provide $60 million in direct aid to the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad. For those of us who oppose direct US intervention in the conflict, the good news is...
Tags: John Kerry, Barack Obama
Last August, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and then-CIA Director David H. Petraeus proposed that the United States change its policy and send weapons and other aid to the rebels fighting the Syrian government. Defense Secretary Leon E....
A new word defines the debate over Syria in Washington: endgame. Policymakers expect the regime in Damascus to fall soon, and their focus has shifted to what happens then. In a cold-blooded, pragmatic sense, the United States and its allies don't want...
Soon — perhaps very soon — the Syrian government of Bashar Assad will fall. On that day, and for months after, Damascus will probably be a disorderly and dangerous place, a risky place for American diplomats to be. -------------------- FOR...
The Hartford CourantThey can shoot them with bullets. They can blast them with bombs. They can stab them with knives. They can strangle them with rope. They can burn them with fire. They can drown them with water. They can juice them with electricity. They can smother them...
The Hartford CourantLike 40 million other Americans, I tuned in to the opening ceremonies of the XXX Olympiad in London. Among the thousands of Olympic athletes who marched in the opening night ceremony were 10 from Syria, a nation awash in bloodshed under the government of...
Meteorologists know seasons are predictable. In the weather world, spring is always followed by summer. But the political world is different. Spring can proceed to summer, or it can lead to a sudden onset of winter. That was the case this year in the...
Tags: Hugo Chavez, Entertainment Events, Politics, Mo Yan, Africa
The Hartford CourantThe Syrian opposition took a big step forward this month by forming a broad political coalition that includes local activists who started the revolution. But the opposition's military command is still a mess, and until it's fixed, jihadist extremists will...
The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there's a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors — Palestinians and Israelis — can possibly know how it will turn out. How many times must they...
Tags: Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Hamas, Barack Obama, Hosni Mubarak
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