Is the Obama administration edging toward intervening in Syria? The New York Times reports on the latest incremental escalation in our proxy war with the Assad regime:
The United States and dozens of other countries moved closer on Sunday to direct intervention in the fighting in Syria, with Arab nations pledging $100 million to pay opposition fighters and the Obama administration agreeing to send communications equipment to help rebels organize and evade Syria’s military. . . .Mrs. Clinton announced an additional $12 million in humanitarian assistance for international organizations aiding the Syrians, bringing the American total so far to $25 million, according to the State Department. She also confirmed for the first time that the United States was providing satellite communications equipment to help those inside Syria “organize, evade attacks by the regime,” and stay in contact with the outside world. And according to the Syrian National Council, the American assistance will include night-vision goggles.
As we have noted before, there is a much stronger case for intervention in Syria from both national interest and humanitarian standpoints than there was in Libya. But how many Middle East wars does this president want? Given that he’s seemingly so committed to extricating us from nearby conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the mixed signals are striking.