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National Interest piece: Policy Hawks Gunning for Syrian Confrontation

National Interest piece in full here


by Nicholas Noe

In the ideological struggle over how best to approach the five-months old crisis in Syria, a motley crew of Middle East policy hawks are on the verge of claiming a rare, but nevertheless long sought-after “mission accomplished”: a bloody confrontation with the bloody dictator, Bashar al-Assad.

It should not have come to this.

Unfortunately though, from the beginning the Obama administration failed to publicly articulate anything approaching a reasonable bargain for the Assad regime and Syrian elites that might have either persuaded them both to move towards a gradual transition or made any rejectionists so obviously irrational that their ability and desire to exercise violence would have been radically diminished (thereby reducing the level of violence and contingency in any forced transition).



Written by nickbiddlenoe

August 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

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