Was it a slip of the tongue when Kerry asked the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons if it wanted to avoid a military strike, or was it a deliberate move arranged with the Russians? There is no clear answer here, since Kerry's certainty that the regime would not hand over the weapons when he presented the offer suggests that it may have just been a slip of the tongue. This is what a senior official in the US State Department told Reuters, and yet the State Department's welcoming of the regime's official position indicates otherwise. The contradictory statements may reflect the confusion experienced by US diplomats regarding the entire case.
The chemical deal to save the president
- 12 September 2013
- Yasser Al-Zaatara
America's struggle to maintain unipolar domination
- 11 September 2013
- Abdul Sattar Qassem
"My enemy's enemy is my ally:" For Congress delegation to Cairo, that enemy is Islam
- 10 September 2013
- Shazia Arshad
Michele Bachman, Steve King and Louie Gohmert's visit to Egypt has been an interesting turn for the three Congress members. During their visit to Cairo they met the interim Egyptian president, General al Sisi, the Coptic Pope and a number of other officials and following these meetings held a press conference to express their support for the Egyptian people. Their visit to Egypt and the subsequent press conference provoked a strong reaction, not only in the Middle East but across Europe and America. Three notorious islamophobic American politicians praising the coup and the army's subsequent violence was unlikely to go down well anywhere.
Obama's "red line": fighting for gas masks in Israel while Syria waits for US bombs
- 10 September 2013
- Jessica Purkiss
In a matter of days, US President Barak Obama will seek authorisation from Congress to begin airstrikes against Syria. The members of Congress are being asked to approve "limited" intervention aimed at "deterring" President Basher Al-Assad from using chemical weapons.
Obama's Middle East Policy dogged by contradictions
- 06 September 2013
- Samira Shackle
A Google search for "Barack Obama's Middle East policy" reveals just how negatively the president's recent actions have been received. "The worst foreign policy president – ever", declares a headline in the Washington Post's communities section. "Obama's Middle East mess", says the conservative magazine, the National Review. "Many in Middle East struggling to understand Obama's Syria policy", says the McClatchy group of local US newspapers.