News and Analysis (9/20/19)

It would be wrong to go to war without certainty as to who launched the attack, a treaty obligation to interfere, well-defined goals and plans, a national interest, and, above all, a declaration of war by the U.S. Congress …

… “Holding Iran responsible for the actions of a militia” would logically require holding the U.S. “responsible for massive human casualties in the Yemen war resulting from Saudi use of American weaponry “:

“We don’t want to engage in a military confrontation. We believe that a military confrontation based on deception is awful, will have a lot of casualties. But we won’t blink to defend our territory”:

“The odor of right wing political correctness that comes through this definitely could have a chilling effect” — Henry Reichman, American Association of University Professors …

… “Betsy DeVos‘s investigation into the consortium began after Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) sent her a letter condemning the program for holding a conference with “severe anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric”:

PM Prayuth Chan-ocha says that the fact that the government suspects Muslims for “a series of bomb blasts in the capital Bangkok in August” justifies spying on all Muslim university students:

With the “inconsistency and lack of transparency in granting visas, there is no definitive way to track visa application approvals and rejections” so some have called the approach a “mockery of the rule of law” and “a sham”:

Donald Trump said on Wednesday that ‘if it was up to’ him, he would allow Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to come….” Does that mean Pompeo is in charge?

“[H]undreds of locals, mostly Muslims, took to the streets … [in] solidarity with the Hindu community … after a mob vandalised a temple and a school run by a Hindu principal … accused of committing blasphemy”:

American Airlines “has faced accusations of discrimination in the past”:

A “proposal to require congressional authorization for any attack against Iran. And their amendment is now a major flash point in negotiations with the Senate that kicked off Thursday over a final defense bill”:

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