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Why Did Assad Use Nerve Gas?

April 6, 2017

It is hard to explain why Bashar Assad used nerve gas — probably Sarin — in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s northern Idlib province. On the surface, at least, it would seem to be a totally counterproductive and reckless move likely to anger the Europeans, the Americans, and even his patrons the Russians. Then […]

Many Questions About Arrow Missile Shootdown (Updated)

March 20, 2017

Israel has shot down a Syrian missile heading for Israeli territory using its advanced Arrow anti-ballistic missile system.  The remains of the Syrian missile, and some parts of the Arrow rocket, crashed in and around the northern Jordanian village of Anbata in Irbid province.  Depending on the trajectory of the intercepted Syrian missile, reports say it was programmed to […]

U.S. Ground Troops for Syria: A Really Bad Idea

February 21, 2017

The president is being asked by the Pentagon to provide U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Syria.  If the president is wise, he will run as fast as he can the other way. There are four potential traps here: The cost in American lives; The nature of the Syrian civil war that encompasses the […]

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