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President Obama seems torn between standing down and going ahead with a military strike.
As with nuclear weapons on high alert, non-nuclear missiles can rush the enemy into a bad decision.
Both insist on viewing the chemical-weapons attack in black or white: mounted by either the Assad administration or the opposition.
Even if you believe that the Syrian government or military used chemical weapons, it’s unclear who gave the order, but it matters.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The White House has declared a strike upon Syria imminent without providing a clear rationale for military action, except as an attempt to satisfy an arbitrary “red line.”
Kicking a leg out from under the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah tripod could also undermine Iran President Rouhani’s diplomatic initiatives.
It’s frightening how ready and willing President Obama is to operate outside of global legal frameworks.
How Syrian President Assad might read the U.S.: Ditch the chemical weapons and you can carry on with the carnage.
Despite Bowden’s unfortunate analogy of drones to David’s slingshot, the U.S. is hardly the aggrieved party in the Middle East.