Syria has always been among the Middle East's most repressive dictatorships, in addition to serving as the home to terrorists that have killed American soldiers and non-combatants in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and more. Now, Syria is under fire from within; since March 2011, tens of thousands of innocent Syrians have been killed in ruthless assaults by the Assad regime. While government forces continue to bombard major cities with appalling brutality, US strategic interests argue for intervention in this pivotal Arab country. For ongoing coverage and analysis on the escalating attacks in Syria, keep updated by AEI's foreign and defense policy scholars.
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Danielle Pletka, Vice President of Foreign and Defence Policy Studies, discusses America's involvement in Syria on CNN's 'The Situation Room'.
Gen. Martin Dempsey's comments about the size of the Free Syrian Army force that the US can train is a tacit confession that the prospects for lasting success against the Islamic State are slim and distant.
The Islamic State is a threat to the United States of America, and that is the primary reason we must defeat it. The United States has capabilities that no other state or group in the world has, and that is why we must lead this effort.
The Islamic State is a clear and present danger to the security of the U.S. We must therefore pursue an iterative approach that tests basic assumptions, develops our understanding, and builds partnerships with willing parties on the ground, especially the Sunni Arabs in Iraq.
Very few people are willing to say openly that we can live with ISIS and contain it, but a great many people are advocating policies that will have precisely that effect.
The rash of beheadings that began with the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and continued through the Iraq war renews focus on the practice of radical Islamism.