Tom Engelhardt argues that the U.S. approach to war is pointless. “The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions — nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began. That’s more than half a century of Read more

I will be headed to Kyiv, Ukraine tomorrow night for discussions there Tuesday. — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) March 2, 2014 “As Russia dispatched more forces and tightened its grip on the Crimean Peninsula on Sunday, President Obama embarked on a strategy intended to isolate Moscow and prevent it from seizing more Ukrainian territory even as Read more

“Saying that Edward Snowden has ‘contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order’ by exposing U.S. surveillance practices and forcing a new debate over security and privacy, two Norwegian politicians nominated the former intelligence contractor for the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday,” writes NPR’s Bill Chappell. If he were to win the award, Snowden, who Read more

President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address Tuesday night that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Bashar Assad “and be ready to respond” if other measures Read more

Photo: Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad via his Instagram account Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tells PBS there is “no evidence” that his government has used chemical weapons. He also suggested that Syrian allies would retaliate if the West attacked. From BBC News: US Secretary of State John Kerry has been lobbying hard for military action against Read more

Updated graphic and Minnesota delegation stance on a “limited strike” on Capitol View as positions become clear. As members of Congress decide whether to support President Obama’s request for authorization to attack the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons on civilians and rebels, other potential responses have received less attention. Limited Read more

“About 200 protesters opposed to U.S military action in Syria picketed U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon,” writes Jon Collins for MPR News. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to weigh in on using military force following a chemical attack the administration said was linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government. Read more

Obama administration officials briefed members of Congress on Thursday on the intelligence they say proves it was Syrian President Bashar Assad who used chemical weapons against his own people, writes NPR’s Eyder Peralta. Frank Thorp, of NBC News, and Reuters report that after the conference call, Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat from New York, said Read more