Assad Dancing on Obama’s Red Line
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  • Remind us why piercing, ripping, rending, tearing, shredding, and pulverizing human flesh with flying pieces of metal is considered better?

  • Anthony

    “Instesd, events in Syria are spinning in Iran’s favor. Assad’s regime is winning ground, the war has made Iran more comfortable in its nuclear pursuits, and Iran’s gains have embarrassed U.S. allies that support the Syrian uprising. What’s more, Iran has strengthened its relationship with Russia, which may prove to be most important strategic consequence of the Syrian conflict, should the U.S. continue to sit it out.” (for related material, see Vali Nasr in today’s Bloomberg View)

    So, WRM does forecast change in both NSA and UN reveal foreign policy fine tuning, exasperation, ambiguity, transition, status quo, …????

  • Anthony

    We need to stop wasting so much time on this admittedly awful mess in Syria. The rise of China is, far and away, a larger issue. Is Professor Mead really in favor of invading Syria and/or Iran? Can our country really afford that?

  • bpuharic

    I wonder how much ‘sweating’ they’d do if we decided to repeat our Iraq experience. Red lines pale in comparison to failed nation building.

    • Anthony

      You can say that again.

  • Anthony

    WRM, you definitively provide your readers/audience instructive balance as you obliquely reference (though geopolitical topics) various U.S. foreign policy conceptual frameworks: Balancing, offensive realism, multipolarity, passing-buck, etc. Via Meadia readers are certainly exposed.

    • bpuharic

      I agree; his book “Special Providence” is a great introduction for those of us who are neophytes to the frameworks of international policy. I just wish he’d be more direct in his recommendations and criticisms of Obama’s policies since he seems to ‘dance on the red line’ alot himself.

      • Anthony

        Noted and sound observation.

  • oogabooga

    We could do a no-fly zone (assuming we have the balls to stare down Russia) but there is no way we will stabilize Syria without a massive ground occupation, food and water aid, etc. I don’t envision many takers for that option…

    If sending a message to Tehran is what this is all about, then we need to confront Iran directly. It won’t be easy and it won’t be fun, but it will make strategic sense, and Americans will be more likely to support that then watch as we get sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

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