The Blog

Experts Urge Obama to Act on Syria

3:33 PM, Dec 19, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

·       Establish direct contact with various anti-regime Syrian groups, especially the Syrian National Council, as well as those who have defected from the Syrian military, and evaluate their leadership and membership with the aim of increasing the capabilities of those groups whose political goals accord with U.S. national security interests.

·       Work with Turkey and other partners to establish safe havens in Syria, as well as no-go zones for the Assad regime’s security forces to protect civilians.

 In the absence of American leadership, other countries that do not necessarily share our goals and values are stepping in to fill the void in Syria.  Given the stakes, it is important that the United States lead on this issue.  The Syrian people are calling for protection from the Assad regime.  It is our moral obligation and in our interest to assist them.
As you said in the case of Libya, it is now time "to live the values we hold so dear." 



Khairi Abaza

Ammar Abdulhamid

Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Elliott Abrams

Tony Badran

Bassam Bitar

Max Boot

L. Paul Bremer

Matthew R. J. Brodsky

Seth Cropsey

Toby Dershowitz

Thomas M. Donnelly

Mark Dubowitz

Eric S. Edelman

Douglas J. Feith

Jamie M. Fly

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Abe Greenwald

John P. Hannah

William Inboden

Bruce Pitcairn Jackson

Ash Jain

Allison Johnson

Robert Kagan

Sirwan Kajjo

Rachel Kleinfeld

William Kristol

Robert J. Lieber

Tod Lindberg

Bashar Lufti

Lila Lufti

Thomas G. Mahnken

Michael Makovsky

Ann Marlowe

Clifford D. May

Joshua Muravchik

Andrew S. Natsios

Martin Peretz

Kori Schake

Randy Scheunemann

Gary J. Schmitt

Daniel S. Senor

Lee Smith

Kurt Volker

Kenneth R. Weinstein

Pete Wehner

Leon Wieseltier

R. James Woolsey

Robert Zarate

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 20 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers