Obama’s Syria policy failed because it did not anticipate provoking Iranian and Russian interventions.
Present violations of the laws of war are hardly unique to Aleppo.
The cost of letting US policy be determined primarily by the ambitions of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Senior Obama administration officials were aware from 2012 that a war to overthrow Assad would inevitably become a sectarian bloodbath.
President Obama has signaled a willingness to cooperate with Russia on Syria, but hawks are fighting the shift.
Obama opened lines of communications to Iran, but political pressures in Washington prevent a more substantive shift in relations.
When will the real contradictions between U.S. and Saudi interests finally be openly acknowledged?
On Syria, Russia’s President Putin is having his way not just vis-à-vis Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but also the United States.
Russia is targeting hardline groups the United States has tacitly aided for more than a year.
The data support Putin’s assertion that the shoot-down was prepared in advance.