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News | Jan. 1, 2014

The Flawed Strategic Debate on Syria

By Richard Outzen Strategic Forum 285


Key Points

  • Opponents of forceful U.S. action in Syria have warned of dire consequences, but have generally failed to address the costs of inaction. The results of episodic and ambivalent action are also dire. 
  • Those arguing against robust assistance to the opposition have used Afghanistan and other historical analogies to support their positions, but the arguments frequently employ faulty history and faulty reasoning. 
  • There are options for coherent, effective action with regional support in pursuit of limited, achievable goals.