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Andrew Tabler’s thesis: Pressure is most effective tool when it comes to Syria

When you read this summary of Tabler’s thinking, you would be forgiven for thinking that the fall of Assad et al will be relatively easy and smooth.

But my main interest is the key point which illustrates the Neo-LiberalCon approach to the Levant (and beyond): force and pressure are the best tools. He says HISTORY shows this when it comes to Syria when this is just not the case. A good sell for WINEP, a good polemic, but not a serious claim:

“…History has shown that concerted multilateral pressure is the most effective tool for influencing Damascus. Accordingly, Washington should engage its allies in constructing a clear strategy for bringing down the Asad regime and achieving American objectives in a post-Asad Syria. This must be done assertively but also carefully so that Asad cannot spin the protests as being part of a foreign conspiracy. Specifically, Washington should…”

— Don’t these folks get tired of the old refrain that the Arabs only understand Strong Horses? When so often the hard stick approach falls short?


Written by nickbiddlenoe

September 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm

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