Ed Krayewski on Lessons From Syria and the Obama Doctrine


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Obama's foreign policy may seem less aggressive than Bush's, but in practice it is just as destructive. For more than two years, Senator John McCain has been pressing for robust military intervention in Syria. Though Obama has avoided getting the U.S. as involved as McCain wants, writes Reason Associate Editor Ed Krayewski, what passes for Obama's policy toward Syria—calling for Assad to go in 2011, setting and resetting red lines, insisting on supporting and arming the rebels—has the same effect as rushing in head first.