When big things break, a different kind of genius is needed: improvisation.
Despite all the diplomatic twists and turns since the attack – and the logistical difficulties involved in securing the weapons in a war zone – the neutralization of Assad’s chemical arsenal is about to begin.
The economic crisis that unfolded five years ago this week is behind us, though its after-effects are still being felt.
Words can commit people in ways that aren’t apparent when they utter them. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times yesterday may be an example of that.
The one certainty is that an imminent US military strike on Syria – with all the political and military fallout that might have entailed – has been put off.
The bar of public sentiment, reflected by Congress and seen in recent opinion polls, is naturally high when it comes to military intervention.
It’s not light at the end of the tunnel, but it is a glimmer.
Before cellphone videos and social media, it was easier to look the other way. The pressure to do something in Syria is being driven in large part by disturbing images that pour out of the conflict.
President Obama and Congress are weighing three possible outcomes in considering military action in Syria.
President Obama is clearly struggling with Syria policy.