In a rare, direct message to Americans, Putin lays out his case against a US strike on Syria. Opposition extremists, not Assad, used poison gas, he says. Then, the kicker: America is not exceptional, and it's dangerous to think it is.
President Obama made a strong pitch to Americans to join him in enforcing nonuse of chemical weapons. His methods – either by missiles or diplomacy – may be in dispute. But his goal fits a trend against mass and indiscriminate violence.
The prevailing opinion is that any American intervention in Syria will send the price of crude oil skyward, Johnston writes. But, some claim that the opposite will happen.
President Obama is willing to push for a deal in which the international community would verifiably secure Syria's chemical weapons. That course will be difficult to pursue. But it is doable. Here's what's required.
President Obama addressed the nation last night in a speech on Syria. He made an impassioned case for targeted strikes against Syria but also heralded the potential of recent diplomatic developments. Here are three key takeaways from his address.