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The Unbelievably Small Syria Strategy

by Bing West

Vladimir Putin exploits President Obama’s fecklessness

Whether to strike Syria is a tough choice, fraught with uncertainty and possible outcomes both dire and bright. James Schlesinger, who has served as both director of the CIA and secretary of defense, evaluates it as “a very close call.”

Every member of Congress has a right to be furious with the president. Obama could have launched his “shot across the bow,” as he has described his proposal, and gone on to other business. Instead, he exaggerated the rationale for a strike beyond all plausibility.

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