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Obama Fiddles . . .

While Russia arms Assad.

Jun 25, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 39 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
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Until now. Obama has insisted that the “tide of war” across the Middle East is “receding.” It’s not just that American troops have been withdrawn from Iraq, are being more rapidly withdrawn from Afghanistan, or were not employed on the ground in Libya. It is the president’s belief that they need not—should not—be used again. This is an unrealistic belief, one that ignores balance-of-power politics. The survival of the Assad regime, saved by its Russian, Chinese, and Iranian sponsors, would upset the international order far beyond the troubles created by the regime’s demise.

Thomas Donnelly is codirector of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

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