At the risk of being redundant, I'm writing up another post on the risks of taking on Syria. My previous one, "Military analysts: Punitive strikes now being contemplated against Syria ineffective, even counterproductive," was based on a Los Angeles Times article titled “Punitive strikes ineffective, even counterproductive, analysts say”:
The type of limited, punitive military campaign now being contemplated against Syria has failed to deter U.S. adversaries in the past, and at times emboldened them, military analysts say.
In today's Times, there is an op-ed by Robin Wright, a familiar face on our Tee Vee machines and author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World." She is also a distinguished scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Looks like she agrees with the military analysts from my earlier post. She explains that the last five presidents have tried limited strikes, many in the Middle East, but that both Democratic and Republican administrations have "pretty sorry" track records.
Please read the entire op-ed, because she documents everything she says and has unique and personal insights based on her time living in other countries and witnessing events firsthand:
First, quick hits rarely achieve enduring political goals — and often produce more costs or unintended consequences than benefits. I've seen it so often before. [...]
So the idea of quick hits or short campaigns is often an illusion. [...]
In the case of Syria, a few days of strikes against military targets may assuage moral outrage over its heinous use of chemical weapons. But they also carry the danger of widening the war by legitimizing or deepening involvement by other foreign powers, notably Iranian and Russian support for Damascus. [...]
So, as the U.S. and its allies take on Syria, they need to ensure that the costs do not ultimately outweigh the benefits, and that another military mission doesn't backfire.
UK government motion on Syria intervention has been rejected by a 285 to 272 margin...
British PM Cameron has pledged not to override Parliament after losing the vote. Via a Politico email alert:
"It's clear to me that the British parliament and the British people do not wish to see military action," Cameron said after the vote. "I get that, and I will act accordingly."
Let's hope President Obama and Congress listen to the American people and act accordingly.
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