Gareth Porter: Obama’s advisers assumed that neither Iran nor Russia would do more than offer token assistance to keep Assad in power, so there was no risk of an endless, bloody sectarian war.
Cathy Breen: In Iraq, refugees and volunteers speak about desperation, survival, and hope.
Richard Greeman: Anti-government demonstrations spread across Morocco after social media spread the story of Mousine Fikri, a fishmonger crushed to death inside a garbage truck as he tried to block the destruction of a truckload of his fish confiscated by police.
John LaFroge: The Pentagon admitted it has used uranium weapons in attacks inside Syria — violating its public promise last year that it would not use DU there, and contradicting the claim that US bombing is done in defense of the Syrian people.
Sabia Rigby: One couple was trying to cross by train. Her boyfriend made it on; she leapt, wrapped her arms around him, but did not get her bottom half onto the train. She was cut in half.
William J. Astore: Overthrowing Saddam Hussein in 2003 and demobilizing Iraqi military forces predictably left a power vacuum that facilitated factionalism and extremism in Iraq, which was only exacerbated by an extended and mismanaged U.S. occupation.
Cathy Breen: The situation in Iraq and in Baghdad continues to worsen in terms of daily explosions, suicide bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, ISIS, police, army and militia activity.
Larry Wines: Now, if you are part of a group of beleagured rebels under constant attack, would you fire a pair of missiles at a ship knowing you were using-up your expensive missiles for no purpose, other than to piss somebody off?
William J. Astore: That the U.S. is yet again providing more troops as well as heavy weapons as “force multipliers” highlights the failure of U.S. military efforts to “stand up” an effective Iraqi military.
Joseph Palermo: American foreign policymakers have known all along that ousting President Bashar al-Assad will not magically end the civil, ethnic, and sectarian wars that are now raging in what’s left of Syria. But that fact hasn’t stopped them from trying.
Richard Greeman: Why sell arms to your most dangerous and implacable adversaries when your are war against them? Why then insult the modesty and gratuitously humiliate the women of a great people known for their pride.
Walter Moss: As the horrors continue, traditional diplomatic talks have done little good. What then can be done? Although there are no easy answers, the example of Gandhi in Calcutta in August and September 1947 keeps coming back to me.
John Peeler: The twentieth century Turkish model of democracy was thus fundamentally flawed. It was marked from its Kemalist birth as a project to impose democracy on the Turkish people, and to transform their culture over decades to make them fit for a proper democracy.