Analysis & Commentary

10th January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Flexible Red Lines

Tony Badran

In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest address, US officials and spokespersons have dismissively described the embattled dictator as someone “detached from reality” and “delusional,”...

10th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Cabinet

In December, the Obama administration acted on intelligence showing that Bashar al-Assad was preparing to use chemical weapons against his own people. Obama publicly warned the Syrian president...

2nd January 2013 - Quoted by Nathan Guttman, Forward

Laying Groundwork for Life After Syria’s Assad

John Hannah

As the days of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad increasingly look numbered, Jewish and pro-Israel activists are starting to grapple with the question of who will be in power after he’s gone — and whether...

2nd January 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May explains why the casualty count in Syria will very likely worsen.

27th December 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Assad Is So Out of Vogue

Clifford D. May

It seems like only yesterday that Bashar al-Assad was being courted by progressive Western politicians even as he conspired with Iranian jihadists and Kremlin strongmen. And it was less than two years...

19th December 2012 - Quoted by Michael Lipin, VOA

Syrian VP’s Remarks Suggest Regime in Dire Straits

Tony Badran

Syria's Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa is drawing attention for becoming the first senior Syrian official to publicly acknowledge that his government cannot win its battle against a 21-month rebellion.

16th December 2012 - Cited by Sharona Schwartz, The Blaze

‘Generous’: Remember John Kerry’s Praise of Syrian Dictator Assad?

Jonathan Schanzer

With multiple reports circulating that President Barack Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry to be his next secretary of state, it’s worth remembering the praise the Democratic senator has in the past...

14th December 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Assad’s Chemical Card

Tony Badran

Last week, president Obama issued another warning to Syria’s embattled dictator against making the “tragic mistake” of using chemical weapons (CW). There remain a number of real scenarios in which...

13th December 2012 - Foreign Policy

Obama’s Syria Disaster

John Hannah

Watching the nightmare in Syria unfold, you have to ask yourself: Could the Obama administration have made a worse hash out of the situation if it had tried?

10th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Foreign Jihadists Seize Key Syrian Base in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, and allied jihadist groups took control of the last major Syrian Army...

8th December 2012 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

Syria and Assad's chemical weapons.

7th December 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Ambassador Ford: Hey, Syria’s a Mess

Ambassador Robert Ford, who has served in Syria bravely in the face of physical danger, spoke in Washington, D.C., at a conference held by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

6th December 2012 - Cited by Jamie Crawford, CNN

Syria’s Assad Regime has Fight Left Despite Rebels’ Advances

While Syrian rebel forces have made significant military advances on the ground against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in recent days, the U.S. ambassador to Syria says there's no imminent end...

6th December 2012 - Quoted by Alex Rowell, NOW Lebanon

Syrian Rebels Gain, But For How Long?

The resignation of Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi on Monday is just one of a series of recent setbacks for the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The news follows a week...

6th December 2012 - Cited by Michael R. Gordon and Ellen Barry, The New York Times

UN Envoy Is Seeking a Deal to Oust Assad From Syria

With the support of the United States, the United Nations special envoy on Syria is mounting a diplomatic push for a brokered agreement that would lead to the ouster of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad...

6th December 2012 - Cited by Katie Glueck, Politico

US Ambassador Warns Syria

If the Syrian government crosses American “red lines” by using chemical weapons against its own people, that will “change our calculations in a fundamental way,” Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria...

6th December 2012 - GBTV

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Syria after Assad's fall.

4th December 2012 - Quoted by Democracy Digest

‘Sun Setting’ on US Chance to Shape Syria’s Transition

The United States is losing its chance to shape Syria’s post-Assad transition, according to a U.S.-based activist group. It will be too late to win over Syrians’ “minds and hearts,” if the administration doesn’t act soon...

3rd December 2012 - Faster, Please!

Going to War?

Michael Ledeen

Fellow PJM columnist Jonathan Spyer, one of the best reporters on things Syrian, now believes that the tide of battle has turned against President Assad, and that the regime may be forced to retreat to a...

2nd December 2012 - Cited by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Springtime for Assad

Claudia Rosett

We are beginning to doubt whether Bashar Assad is a genuine reformer. Our latest clue comes from NBC News, which reported yesterday that "the Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons...


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