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Brief comment on Syria

September 3, 2013

I will be back to full posting tomorrow, but I wanted to make a brief comment on Syria and the debate over US intervention.  I think the idea of launching a few days of air strikes will salve the conscience of many of our leaders, but will likely be ineffective at anything other than a public relations sense.   For an effective response (and also something of a test of the offshore balancing model), the US should provide air cover and strategic strike support, but that local allies should enter on the ground.  That would require, at a minimum, Turkish military intervention (and, ideally, Jordanian and possibly even Iraqi support).  Unless our local allies – who are most effected by the Syrian Civil War – are willing to get their hands dirty, then the US should not expend any more effort than in 1998’s Operation Desert Fox (and probably much less).

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