Syria: The Obvious Questions About Doing "Something"
It seems sad to me that the questions presented in this Fallows piece are treated as trenchant, rather than obvious:
1. What objectives does the administration seek to achieve in Syria?
2. How does it anticipate that the use of force will lead to the fulfillment of those objectives?
3. What is the administration's theory of victory? That is, what are the assumptions that link the use of military force to the achievement of victory?
4. How does the administration believe that Syria will respond to the U.S. use of force?
5. What does the administration believe could go wrong? What unexpected things could happen?
6. And finally, how does the administration anticipate that this will end?
It is sad and shocking, but unfortunately, not surprising, that these questions are not the center of the debate.
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