Thursday, July 19, 2012

What to do about Syria...

The situation in Syria is quite unpredictable and dangerous. There are lots of possible outcomes, and several of them are not advantageous to the United States. Unfortunately, the U.S. is not in a good position to influence which of the outcomes result. This is even true if we are covertly aiding the opposition. Doing so may increase the chances that the regime falls, but there is no guarantee that what replaces it will be less hostile to U.S. interests. I am against open military intervention against the regime. Short of a ground invasion, even if we succeed in toppling the Syrian government, we'll have little control over what happens next. In fact, recent history shows that even a ground invasion does not guarantee a desirable outcome after the fall. Our best play, at this point, is to do very little. We have little chance of success, but efforts at building international support are worth taking anyway. -Card-Carrying American

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