Can we defeat the Islamic State?

By Fareed Zakaria Here we go again. The United States has declared war on another terrorist group. President Obama’s speech Wednesday night outlined a tough, measured strategy to confront the Islamic State — which is a threat to the region and beyond. But let’s make sure in the execution of this strategy that we learn … Continue reading

Why they still hate us, 13 years later

By Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post Watching the gruesome execution videos, I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11. Barbarism is designed to provoke anger, and it succeeded. But in September 2001, it also made me ask, “Why do they hate us?” I tried to answer that question in an essay for Newsweek … Continue reading

Obama caves to conventional wisdom on Syria

By Fareed Zakaria The Obama administration’s decision to seek $500 million to train and fund elements of the Syrian opposition has been greeted with bipartisan support in Washington. The general consensus is that, if the administration had done this three years ago, the situation in Syria would not have turned into a sectarian civil war. … Continue reading

Obama on the path to success in Syria

By Fareed Zakaria Whatever the twisted path, whether by design or accident, the Obama administration has ended up in a better place on Syria than looked possible even days ago. The president was wise to take up and begin to test the Russian offer to remove and possibly destroy Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. In … Continue reading

Words Have Consequences

Striking at Assad won’t end the conflict in Syria. But it may drag the U.S. into a complex civil war  By Fareed Zakaria    From the start of the Syrian ­conflict, President Obama has wanted to take two very different approaches to it. On the one hand, he has been disciplined about the definition of American … Continue reading

Obama’s Syria policy is full of contradictions

By Fareed Zakaria In the debate over U.S. intervention in Syria, there is a striking, almost bizarre mismatch between ends and means. We want to defeat a ruthless and powerful regime, rescue a country from civil war and usher in a new democratic political order. But those seeking this outcome also believe firmly that we … Continue reading

U.S. credibility is not on the line in Syria

By Fareed Zakaria President Obama’s critics have pounced on his use of the phrase “red line” to urge military intervention in Syria. They argue, in the words of Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, that the “credibility of the United States is on the line.” Presumably they mean that Iran, North Korea and others are … Continue reading

Circling the Wagons on Syria

By looking to Russia for influence, America could topple the regime By Fareed Zakaria What to do in Syria? Western military intervention looks fraught with difficulties, but the situation on the ground is a humanitarian nightmare and is producing greater instability by the week. A recent trip to Turkey and Russia has persuaded me that … Continue reading

The Case Against Intervention in Syria

Regime change is overdue, but a slow squeeze is a smarter solution than war By Fareed Zakaria In Syria, the brutal regime of Bashar Assad is testing the proposition that repression works. The massacre of civilians in Houla is only the latest example of what appears to be a strategy of making no concessions and … Continue reading