January 20, 2013

Testing Obama's 'Red Lines' on Syria

David Frum, National Post

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American policy is shaped most fundamentally by this dilemma: as awful a tyrant as Bashar Assad is, the most effective among the anti-Assad insurgents look even worse — Sunni chauvinist jihadis likely to be even more disturbing to peace and security in the region than the young Assad ever was. Acting against Assad seems most likely only to help them into power.

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TAGGED: Syria, United States, Barack Obama, Middle East

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