Syria once again dominated the day. Some key highlights: more evidence on the question of Assad’s motive for raising the stakes so high; more signs of American popular opposition to Washington’s plans; my advice on how Obama could yet save himself from the predicament he has largely created; your pushing back against my arguments and my responses to your points; and why this is – rightly – affected by the searing experience of Iraq and Afghanistan.
But we also took some time to view the evangelical movement that seeks to tolerate rather than demonize gays; I pondered Peter Beinart’s latest essay on the lack of real interaction between American Jews and Palestinians; and truly remarkable tweets from Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s foreign minister, wishing Jews a happy new year.
See you in the morning.
(Photo: A sculpture titled ‘Engel’ by Stephan Balkenhol is displayed in the grounds of Chatsworth House as part of the Sotheby’s Beyond Limit’s sculpture exhibition on September 5, 2013 in Chatsworth, England. World renowned artists such as Jaume Plensa, Marc Quinn, Manolo Valdes and Thomas Heatherwick feature in the show held in the grounds of stately Chatsworth House in the Peak District. The 20 works will be on view to the public from 9 September to 21 October. By Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.)