Crossing the "Red Line"?
May 2, 2013 10:45 AM Subscribe
Syria Options Go From Bad To Worse
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As reports have surfaced of possible use of sarin gas in the Syrian civil war, calls by long-time proponents of U.S. intervention on behalf of the anti-Assad rebels have grown to a fever pitch. These same voices, both at home and abroad, have evoked the administration’s previously stated “red line” on use of chemical weapons. But even assuming that reports of WMD usage in Syria turn out to be true, the Obama Administration’s position may be far more nuanced than previously thought.
Why would the US get involved in Syria? Civilian deaths
, chemical weapons use
), and mounting refugee crisis
, and unrest in Lebanon
are reasons for intervention.
But should it? Obama Appears At A Loss To Define The Way Forward In Syria
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and Obama's Case Against The War In Syria
. Sentors Graham and McCain respond: "There are many options at our disposal, including military options short of boots on the ground in Syria, that can make a positive impact on this crisis, which is destabilizing the region. The President must act now or risk squandering U.S. credibility in Syria and around the world.
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Various groups have attached themselves to factions in the conflict. Hezbollah announced
that Syria has "real friends in the region and world"
and that they support al-Assad
. Opposition group the al-Nusrah Front
" with Al-Qaeda In Iraq. Al-Qaeda's battle for control of Assad's chemical weapons plant
- "A battle near a factory believed to be one of the Syrian regime's main chemical weapons plants shows just how close such weapons could be to falling into al-Qaeda's hands."
Intervention isn't guaranteed to work. The "Libyan model
" or "Malian model" for foreign military support may not be repeatable in Syria.
Even With US Guns, Syria's Rebels Still Might Lose
But what might intervention look like?
? Safe havens
? "Decapitation strike"? Simply material support
? Or are there just no good military options
The question has been, and remains:
Does the U.S. have the capacity to end the violence, in any meaningful way, within the immediate future?
The conflict and the weapons of war
aren't limited to Syria. Repercussions and implications extend through the region:
The Syria-Iran Red Line Show
Want to fix Syria? Talk to Iran
Syrian Conflict Casts Long Shadow Over Iraq
More Syrian Refugees Will Cause Crisis In Jordan
as Jordan Weighs Syria Buffer Zone
Israel Sees US Respons As Gauge for Iran
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