Why the U.S. Is Cautious on Syria

(Foreign Policy)- Aaron David Miller- Americans are tired of costly military interventions, and the coming election is going to turn not on foreign policy but on the economy. The only issues Americans care about abroad these days are terrorism and high gas prices. Foreign policy will not help the president in November, but a costly stumble abroad could hurt him. And the Syrian crisis offers plenty of opportunities for that. If the president acts, it will be cautiously and in the company of others. A successful intervention in Syria would require a grand concert of powers all focused not just on ending the killing but on creating and nurturing a post-Assad Syria. Right now, the external players are too divided, too self-interested, and too committed to their own narrow concerns for that.

2012-06-14 00:00:00

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