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Why Did Obama Choose Syria?

Posted By admin On September 4, 2013 @ 5:45 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Zero Hedge [1]
September 4, 2013

The US intervened 11 times over the last century in foreign civil warsKorea (1950’s); Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Dominican Republic (1960’s); Lebanon (1980’s); the Yugoslav Wars/Kosovo, Haiti, Somalia and Iraq (1990’s); and Libya (2011).

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The success of these interventions, difficult as they are to assess, is mixed at best with Korea and Kosovo as examples of where positive outcomes occurred (in Haiti, a descent into complete chaos was perhaps prevented). Some turned out worse, given what followed.

As JPMorgan’s Michael Cembalest notes, on a purely humanitarian basis, Syria’s tragedy is exceeded by many conflicts that the US abstained from participating in. So when thinking about civil wars and how the US defines its national interest, one has to ask why Syria would qualify for direct intervention while others conflicts did not.


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[1] Zero Hedge: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-03/why-did-obama-choose-syria

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[3] Syria’s civil war must be stopped: new UN envoy: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria%e2%80%99s-civil-war-must-be-stopped-new-un-envoy.html

[4] Syria: We’ll ‘Choose the Moment’ to Hit Back: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-well-choose-the-moment-to-hit-back.html

[5] ‘Civil war in Iraq has begun … it will be worse than Syria’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/civil-war-in-iraq-has-begun-it-will-be-worse-than-syria.html

[6] Obama Crossing The Rubicon Into Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-crossing-the-rubicon-into-syria.html

[7] Challenging Obama, Bill Clinton urges US action in Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/challenging-obama-bill-clinton-urges-us-action-in-syria.html

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