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August 27, 2014


What to do in Syria?

First Read: "Strikingly, it was exactly a year ago when Washington was debating about what to do in Syria -- back then, it was over the Assad regime's chemical weapons. A year later, Syria is once again in the news -- this time over whether to strike ISIS in the region. Of course, the circumstances are different. Assad's chemical weapons weren't viewed as the same threat to the United States that ISIS is (if unchecked). And a year ago, when it wasn't election season, members of Congress were eager to debate whether to authorize limited airstrikes in Syria."

"Today, in the midst of campaign season, many politicians (though there are some exceptions like Sens. Tim Kaine and Bob Corker) are notably silent on the subject... Despite those differences, the larger storyline is the same between Aug. 2013 and Aug. 2014: Syria remains the Obama administration's most difficult foreign-policy problem. (How do you curb the Shiite Assad regime? How also do you stop the Sunni ISIS militants there?) And Syria presents the danger that if you start getting involved, it becomes hard to stop. "














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