February 24, 2014

Leading from Behind in Syria

Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind. "Leading from behind," you'll recall, is how a White House aide described Obama's strategy in Libya in 2011, when the United States hoped its allies would provide most of the help for rebels while American forces stayed largely in the rear. That's not how it worked out. Libya's revolution took longer than expected, the allies weren't up to the job and U.S. warplanes ended up in the middle of the fray. Now, in Syria, Obama faces a very different problem, but many of the pressures are the same.

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