One thing about America’s imminent intervention in Syria is painfully simple: this is a no-win situation for the US. A good choice does not exist.
Given the options available, a limited punitive strike in reaction to Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons use is decidedly the correct course of action – both on moral grounds as well as from a pragmatic perspective weighing US national security interests. The use of chemical weapons was in fact a game changer, and the issue goes well beyond the war raging in Syria. This is when American leadership matters: there is no one else left standing who can deliver a reminder that weapons of mass destruction won’t be tolerated, however awkward and belated that reminder may be. Continue reading »