Obama, Syria and the Aspin Doctrine

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Author(s) Doyle McManus
Source Los Angeles Times
Date June 15, 2013
URL http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mcmanus-column-syria-obama-clinton-20130616,0,6767132.column
Quotes-start.png Obama was left with two unpalatable options: escalate or accept defeat. Doing nothing might have led to irreversible results, the collapse of the rebels, so he chose to escalate — but only a little and with a vow to put no U.S. boots on the ground. Some critics will still warn that he has stepped onto a slippery slope that leads to direct military intervention. But that's where the Aspin Doctrine comes in. There are plenty of examples of the United States aiding one faction in a civil war, only to disengage if our client army failed (Ronald Reagan's Contras in Nicaragua, for example). Quotes-end.png

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This item argues for the position United States should intervene on the topic Syrian civil war.