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September 17, 2013 8:00 AM What to Make of Putin's Op-Ed

Two quick notes on two interested parties in the rolling Syria situation. First, what to make of Russia's intentions? I've been deeply skeptical, for the obvious reason that Russia is Russia, a weak country whose foreign policy revolves around...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

September 11, 2013 8:41 AM Yes, Of Course It's OK to Speculate About Syria and 2016.

This again? I'm hearing all sorts of complaints about people speculating about how the Syria matter will affect the 2016 elections. If we're talking general election -- I'm with you. Pending an enormous policy disaster, and perhaps even if there...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 10, 2013 11:50 AM Arguments for Intervening in Syria, With Rebuttals

The original rationale for the Iraq War was that the U.S. wasn’t safe so long as Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It quickly became clear that wasn’t enough to justify an invasion. So other arguments were trotted out...

By Ezra Klein

September 10, 2013 8:41 AM Why the New Syria Plan Won't Work Either

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that the U.S. might postpone a military strike on Syria if the regime put its chemical weapons under international supervision -- an offer that both Russia and Syria quickly warmed to. So, in...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

September 09, 2013 9:26 AM White House Now Seeks Bush-Era Endorsements on Syria

For the first time in the unfolding Syria crisis (okay, maybe for the third time), I feel as if we’ve definitively slipped down the rabbit hole. Last night, Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, tweeted the following: “Former...

By Jeffrey Goldberg