Heritage Experts Discuss the Mess in Syria

This mess is getting worse because of Obama’s lack of leadership.
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In a 26-minute chat, Heritage experts discussed the unraveling situation in Syria and why President Obama’s widely publicized plan for limited missile strikes is not the best course of action for the United States.

Having carelessly established a “red line” for intervening in the Syrian civil war without a clear strategy or appropriate course to protect U.S. interests, the President has now dumped the whole mess in the lap of Congress.

Heritage’s Middle East expert Jim Phillips provided background on the Syrian civil war and the regional actors actively involved in propping up the Bashar al-Assad regime. According to Phillips, “Syria is Iran’s closest ally” and has a vested interested in keeping Assad in power.

Steven Bucci, director of Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, explained that Heritage opposes using force in Syria because “the President’s plans will not help this particular situation.… [It] makes us feel better because we did something.”



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