The Skeptics

Syria May Be a No-Win Situation for U.S. Troops

Congress has the constitutional responsibility to either support the president by passing an appropriate Authorization for the Use of Military Force or, if the American people don’t agree it is in their interest, to withhold funding. Before ordering any military action, the administration owes it to the men and women wearing the uniform—who will be asked to risk their lives—to make the case to the American people that the mission is worth the risk to the nation. If the people do not agree, then the president must abandon the idea.

It’s understandable the president wants to accelerate the fight against ISIS to meet his campaign promise. But rushing to failure does not advance American interests. The current conditions on the ground militarily and in the region politically make the insertion of even a few thousand U.S. troops an unwise proposition that has little chance of succeeding tactically and will almost certainly fail strategically. We must stop needlessly sacrificing American lives in Syria.

Daniel L. Davis is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served multiple tours in Afghanistan. He is a senior fellow with Defense Priorities. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLDavis1.

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