Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Obama's Policies on Syria Have Been Prudent

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Obama's Policies on Syria Have Been Prudent

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Fred Hiatt's Perspectives article ("A Soliloquy on Syria: Obama Wants to Avoid the Mess and Leave It to His Successor," Sept. 29) dissects the complexities of the decisions that any American president would face in the continuing and savage multi-way conflict now in its fifth year in Syria.

Mr. Hiatt understandably emphasizes the terrible human costs of this conflict and the refugee and immigration crisis it has spawned, especially in Europe. That being said, Mr. Hiatt implies that if only President Barack Obama had intervened earlier, none of this would have happened and the problem would not have to be passed on to his successor. This reasoning is largely fallacious as no alternative policy was particularly viable.

The imperative to "do something," even when we have no clear plan or prospect to improve the situation or to extricate ourselves from it, is superficially compelling but historically disastrous. Mr. Obama has been justifiably reluctant to invest American blood or to deepen commitments in situations that have little probability of being improved by force and a high probability of being made worse. …

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