Assad Allies Iran, Russia Consider Syria Options | quotes Nikolas Gvosdev
Radio Free Europe
"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.
How To Attack Syria | by Timothy Hoyt
The National Interest
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?
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.
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."
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.
Does international law cover cyber attacks? | interviews Michael Schmitt
World News Australia
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.
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."
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.
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.”
Syria Intervention: Anticipating Russia's Response | Nikolas Gvosdev
The National Interest
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.
The Coming Nuclear War with...the Soviet Union? | by Tom Nichols
The National Interest
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.