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September 11, 2013 8:46 AM Care About Presidential Power? Stay Out of Quagmires.

It was posted ages (a day) ago, but amidst all the double-bank-shot, speculative gaming of the political situation regarding Syria, I think this simple, strong insight (from Jonathan Bernstein) is well worth noting: [T]here’s one permutation that absolutely, no question...

By Andrew Sabl

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 06, 2013 8:30 AM Why Do We Even Care About Syria’s Chemical Weapons?

The United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 Syrians have died since the country’s civil war began in March 2011. More die every day. But the U.S. is not considering military action to save them. The strikes that the Barack...

By Ezra Klein

September 04, 2013 8:00 AM Deaths Are Declining in Afghanistan

As war talk continues about Syria, it's still the case that the US is at war in Afghanistan -- remember that one? And odds are that the US will still suffer more casualties in Afghanistan than anywhere else over the...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM Why Are Wingnuts Cheering an Iranian Diplomatic Victory?

I have absolutely no clue about what the U.S. should, or shouldn’t, do about Syria. Since I’ve seen no coherent story about how an intervention will make things better, I’m inclined to be against one, but since I’ve also seen...

By Mark Kleiman