July 11, 2014

Obama Caves to Conventional Wisdom on Syria

Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The Associated Press

The Obama administration’s decision to seek $500 million to train and fund elements of the Syrian opposition has been greeted with bipartisan support in Washington. The general consensus is that, if the administration had done this three years ago, the situation in Syria would not have turned into a sectarian civil war. But this conventional wisdom is wrong. The administration is caving in to the classic Washington desire to “do something” in the face of a terrible situation without any clear sense as to whether it would improve things or make matters worse.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Syria, United States

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