America’s Ill-Fated Syria Intervention: The Lessons Washington Must Learn
The National Interest -

Christopher A. Preble, Doug Bandow

Security, Middle East

Washington should choose its fights more carefully. Not every problem is America’s to solve, and not every problem can be solved by U.S. military power. Policymakers should commit U.S. forces to wage war only when vital interests are stake, the mission is clear, and the objectives are attainable. The Syrian escapade never met any of these criteria.

News that Turkey had sent its military into northeast Syria, after receiving a tacit green...

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