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    Ted Cruz: 3 Principles of American Foreign Policy

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) says U.S. foreign policy should be guided by three principles: We should focus directly on protecting U.S. national security in the interest of the American people, we should speak with moral clarity, and we should always fight to win. “Those are the principles that when the … More

    The Connections Between Syria and the Arms Trade Treaty

    The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is part of the Syrian story in two ways. First, one response urged by some, including President Obama, is for the U.S. to arm selected elements among the Syrian rebels. But the liberal nongovernmental organizations that drove the negotiation of the ATT are already arguing … More

    The Syrian Off Ramp to Nowhere

    President Obama’s speech tonight makes one thing clear: Despite all his bellicose rhetoric, he never wanted to strike Syria in the first place. Yes, he has focused on making a case for military action, but the real action now will be diplomatic—responding to the Russian proposal to eliminate Syria’s chemical … More

    Who Are the Rebels in Syria?

    No one knows for certain the number of organized opposition groups in Syria and opposition militia forces fighting in the Syrian civil war. These irregular guerrilla forces fighting primarily against the Syrian army range from secular groups to Salafi Islamist militants. The Islamist factions are reportedly split between groups that … More

    Syria FAQ: Is Striking Syria in America's Strategic Interests?

    Is Obama’s plan to strike Syria in America’s strategic interests? Is it true that unless we attack Syria, chemical weapons could somehow be used against us or our allies? Is it true that America’s credibility really is at stake? And will the planned strike measurably change the balance of power … More

    Where Was John Kerry on Syria for the Past Six Months?

    Secretary of State John Kerry has emerged—perhaps erupted is a better word—as the Obama Administration’s strongest advocate for punitive air strikes against the Assad regime. With his impassioned speech to a global audience at the State Department last Friday, Kerry pleaded for humanitarian intervention in Syria. (That, of course, was … More

    Iran Warns of Retaliation over Syrian Crisis

    If the Obama Administration follows through with its planned “shot across the bow” of Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime, it should be prepared to deal with the unintended consequences of such action. Some of the most troubling repercussions could come from Iran, Assad’s chief ally. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, … More

    Can There Be a "Humanitarian War"?

    In pressing Congress to approve military action against Syria, both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have argued that the U.S. must strike for humanitarian reasons, if no other. But does the Syrian situation really support a moral argument for war? No, concludes Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow Kim Holmes … More

    Heritage Experts Discuss the Mess in Syria (VIDEO)

    In a 26-minute chat, Heritage experts discussed the unraveling situation in Syria and why President Obama’s widely publicized plan for limited missile strikes is not the best course of action for the United States. Having carelessly established a “red line” for intervening in the Syrian civil war without a clear … More

    The History of Declaring War

    With the full Senate vote to come on whether to authorize air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, it would be useful to have a well-established threshold regarding the authorization of military strikes. But there isn’t one. As Kim Holmes outlines in a Washington Times op-ed, the recent history … More