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Editorial: Syria demands a new policy

Typhoid and hepatitis outbreaks are spreading. At least 70,000 people are dead, and there are 850,000 refugees. After covering the battle for Damascus for a month, my colleague – photographer Goran Tomasevic – declared the situation a “bloody stalemate” this … Continue reading

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Editorial: Obama’s failure in Syria

By: Richard Cohen There are two kinds of wars, we are told — wars of choice and wars of necessity. The former is to be avoided and the latter fought with appropriate reluctance. World War II was a good and … Continue reading

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Editorial: Silence on Syrian Scuds

AFTER SADDAM HUSSEIN fired Scud missiles at Israel during the Persian Gulf War, the United States reacted strongly, classing those weapons with Baghdad’s chemical and biological arms when it sought a postwar arms-control regime. U.N. Security Council Resolution 687 banned … Continue reading

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Syrians cautious of U.S. push to overhaul opposition

Members of Syria’s opposition-in-exile bristled Thursday at the Obama administration’s suggestion that Washington will handpick more representative leaders at a crucial conference in Qatar next week. The new U.S. push appears aimed at creating a unified leadership that could work … Continue reading

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Editorial: Syria’s civil war: The killing fields

IS IT because America and Europe have tired of their own wars that they have started to turn their back on other people’s? The number of dead in Syria has passed 30,000. Some days over 250 bodies are added to … Continue reading

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Richard Cohen: Empty talk on Syria

In the frantic search for bipartisan agreement in Washington, I can report something of a breakthrough. Although they will not admit it, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama agree on what to do about the Syrian civil war: Let the … Continue reading

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Editorial: Obama and Romney’s empty talk on Syria

In the frantic search for bipartisan agreement in Washington, I can report something of a breakthrough. Although they will not admit it, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama agree on what to do about the Syrian civil war: Let the … Continue reading

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Showing new confidence, Romney casts White House as weak on Syria; Obama looks to regroup

Republican Mitt Romney, flashing new confidence on the campaign trail as polls showed him gaining ground in a tight race, assailed President Barack Obama’s leadership in the Middle East and declared the U.S. must join other nations in helping arm … Continue reading

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Romney: Obama ‘has failed to lead’ in Syria, Middle East

US President Barack Obama has “failed to lead in Syria” and the broader Middle East, and strains between his administration and ally Israel are emboldening Iran, White House hopeful Mitt Romney warned Monday. Making the case in a major foreign … Continue reading

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At United Nations, Renewed Focus on Syria, if Not New Ideas

The raging conflict in Syria will take center stage starting Monday as some 120 world leaders converge on the United Nations for what is sometimes called “diplomacy’s annual trade fair.” Syria will have to share the stage at the weeklong … Continue reading

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