(NY Times) Experts Fear U.S. Plan to Strike Syria Overlooks Risks

“Our biggest problem is ignorance; we’re pretty ignorant about Syria,” said Ryan C. Crocker, a former ambassador to Syria and Lebanon, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.

The American strike could hit President Assad’s military without fundamentally changing the dynamic in a stalemated civil war that has already left more than 100,000 people dead. At the same time, few expect that a barrage of cruise missiles would prompt either side to work in earnest for a political settlement. Given that, the skeptics say it may not be worth the risks.

“I don’t see any advantage,” said a Western official who closely observes Syria.

In outlining its tentative plans, the Obama administration has left many questions unanswered.

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2 comments on “(NY Times) Experts Fear U.S. Plan to Strike Syria Overlooks Risks

  1. Nikolaus says:

    [blockquote]Experts Fear U.S. Plan to Strike Syria Overlooks Risks[/blockquote]

    I would agree with one quibble over a salient detail. The President has [b]no[/b] plan! This is what you get when you elect & re-elect someone with absolutely no executive experience and an extremely light political resume. Romney would have begun his administration in January with more experience than Obama had after his first term. He is going to bumble us into a nuclear WWIII!

  2. Cennydd13 says:

    The last thing we need to get involved in is another war, and that is [b]exactly[/b] what will happen if this administration sends a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria. Make no mistake: sooner or later, American ground forces will be sent into the area, despite what Obama claims, and the American people want no part of that! There will be retaliatory attacks on American soil, our interests abroad, our embassies and consulates, despite what the so-called ‘experts’ think.