We just cannot take the risk that Syria will become a jihadist safe haven for then we would be faced with a war in the heart of the Middle East that would spill over to vital U.S. allies such as Turkey and Jordan, not to mention volatile neighbors such as Iraq and Lebanon. Caution in asserting American power may turn out to be self-defeating.
The longer we hesitate, the harder it will be to shape the desired outcome. All the while, a brutal Syrian regime kills more of its own people and offers a safe haven for jihadists.
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