It is in America’s strategic interest, then, to take decisive action to mortally wound the Assad regime. Ensuring that Syria does not become a haven for Al Qaeda — a legitimate fear — would have to immediately follow.
Mr. Assad may be right to think the Obama administration does not want involvement in Syria, but the horrors of this war have effectively forced America into it. The risks of intervention are great, and success is uncertain, but doing nothing would be, at this point, far worse.
America should act decisively and in a timely manner, and based on a strategic vision that includes a way out of this war. That would impress American allies and adversaries alike. That is what the world needs and what Mr. Obama should focus on.
If "regime change over WMD" followed by "preventing the country from then becoming a terrorist stronghold" sounds familiar to you, it was the exact plan for our "success" in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Doesn't another decade-long war sound great to you? It does to the NY Times. Why these jackasses are still getting play in the media I can't tell you, but here we are pretending like Iraq and Afghanistan never happened, or worse, that they were awesome and great and cool and we need to do it again.
Frankly such nonsense is unconscionable, but here it is anyway.