Analysis || Obama's Syria paradox: Loss of U.S. deterrence or a Mideast entanglement
The president needs a precise blend of military might: Strong enough to degrade the regime's assets but too weak to spark a larger regional conflagration.
The very embodiment of horror, with all its attendant dread, loomed before Barack Obama, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel. Not the victims of the chemical-weapons attack in Syria, which − shocking as the effects of the use of nerve gas on a civilian population were − could be assimilated by the president and his secretaries of state and defense. Rather, the hardest problem of all is having to cope with the...
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