Brief comment on SyriaSeptember 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).