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08/30/2013
Radio Free Europe
Assad Allies Iran, Russia Consider Syria Options | quotes Nikolas Gvosdev
"The longer-term prospect for the United States, maybe, is that Russia begins to weaken the international sanctions regime on Iran or begins to try to reintegrate Iran back into the family of nations in defiance of U.S. preferences that sanctions be tightened on Tehran," he says.
08/30/2013
The National Interest
How To Attack Syria | by Timothy Hoyt
It now appears increasingly likely that some coalition of Western states will launch military strikes in Syria in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons. Editorials and short analyses are almost universal in underlining the difficulties the Obama administration and other governments face. Answers to key questions remain vague or inarticulate—what is the ultimate objective?
08/30/2013
turnto10.com
Professor: Syria turmoil needs international response | interviews Tom Nichols
"Civil war has been going on for two years, and I think the western powers had resigned themselves to somehow living with it, but not with this kind of scale and indiscriminate use of chemical weapons. I think they just can't turn their backs on it anymore," Nichols said.
08/29/2013
Toronto Star
False choices and a real strategy on Syria | by Tom Nichols
Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people, and so the Syrian civil war has now become an international crisis. Unfortunately, like all crises played out in the public eye, the Syria debate has settled into the trench warfare of binary and false choices: invade Syria or do nothing.
08/29/2013
Reuters
Analysis: Strike on Syria could trigger retaliatory attacks, cyberwar | quotes Hayat Alvi
"A Hezbollah attack on Israel is likely, and in fact some are speculating about yet another Hezbollah-Israeli war in Lebanon," said Hayat Alvi, a lecturer in Middle East studies at the U.S. Naval War College. "Iran and Syria can target coalition cyber-based infrastructure and other potential targets," Alvi added. "They prove to be quite capable in that domain."
08/29/2013
Business Insider
10 Things Everyone Needs To Understand About A Military Strike In Syria | by John Schindler
Barring some strange turn of events, it’s likely that the United States and key NATO allies will be raining TLAMs (“cruise missiles” to civilians) on Syria by the end of this week. This will be in response to reasonably hard evidence – smart money is on Israeli SIGINT [Ed note: Signals Intelligence] as the main source – that Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical rockets recently in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, killing at least hundreds of innocents.
08/28/2013
World News Australia
Does international law cover cyber attacks? | interviews Michael Schmitt
Chairman of the international law department at the US Naval War College Mike Schmitt, was the director of the Tallinn Manual - a NATO-sponsored project which looked at what laws cover cyber conflicts. He told Ildi Amon the UN report should help to address a vast range of existing and potential cyber threats.
08/28/2013
Radio New Zealand
Short sharp strike on Syria expected | interviews Hayat Alvi
AUDIO | Analysts are predicting any US led action will be short and targeted.
08/28/2013
Reuters
U.S. strike would aim to punish Assad, not turn tide of war | quotes Hayat Alvi
"I think it will happen but it will be minimal, just enough to show the world that we did something," said Hayat Alvi, lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at the U.S. Naval War College. "The broader goal is not to get the U.S. involved too deeply - and especially not to allow any boots on the ground."
08/28/2013
Associated Press
When to strike: Tense decisions for Obama on Syria | quotes Nikolas Gvosdev
"The president has to be prepared for a lot of tension and a high degree of awkwardness," said Nikolas Gvosdev, a national security professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
08/27/2013
Powerline
FIGHT! FIGHT! A Knotty Problem Indeed | mentions Stephen Knott
Our friend Stephen Knott of the Naval War College, featured here recently during his induction into the Power Line 100, is the subject of a spirited attack from a brand new website called NomocracyinPolitics.com. The article is “Knott’s Folly” by Peter Haworth, the site’s editor-in-chief who is associated with something called the Ciceronian Society Foundation. I’ve never heard of CSF, but anything modeled after Cicero can’t be all bad.
08/27/2013
Nomocracy in Politics
Knott’s Folly: A Critique of Stephen Knott’s Apology for Carte Blanche Presidential War Powers | mentions Stephen Knott
An excellent example of neo-Hamiltonian theory regarding presidential war powers can be seen in Stephen Knott’s new essay, “War by Lawyer,” where Knott argues against recent attempts to judicially oversee and restrain the president’s powers to conduct war and other activities related to national security. Such a controversial thesis deserves a critical response, and this will be developed in the paragraphs that follow.
08/27/2013
USNI.org
Opinion: Syrian Intervention is a Tough Sell | by Cmdr. Daniel Dolan
The news headlines indicate that a military strike against Syria is imminent. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on MSNBC on Monday that he anticipates, “a surgical, proportional strike against the Assad regime for what they have done.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) worried about diminishing American credibility, “if the United States stands by and doesn’t take very serious action.”
08/27/2013
The National Interest
Syria Intervention: Anticipating Russia's Response | Nikolas Gvosdev
Secretly, however, Moscow may be quite prepared to let the United States find itself embroiled into yet another Middle Eastern crisis and, depending on how any strike on Syria would be handled, one which in turn might tie the United States down for the long term with coping not only with Syria but with Iran as well.
08/27/2013
The National Interest
The Coming Nuclear War with...the Soviet Union? | by Tom Nichols
The Syrian regime has now almost certainly attacked its own people with chemical weapons. Tens upon tens of thousands have died over the two years of the Syrian civil war, easily making it one of the largest conflicts in the region since World War II.

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