The Skeptics

Why America Can't Do What It Wants to Stop Assad

If the United States took action that ultimately led to the downfall of Assad, we would likely spawn the very outcome for which we claim to seek remedy: an increase in the civilian suffering and the expansion of the war beyond Syria’s borders, increasing the terrorist risk to the U.S. homeland. We must, therefore, resist the temptation to let our emotions lead us to violate the spirit and letter of our own law and avoid making a horrible situation even worse.

Daniel L. Davis is a senior fellow for Defense Priorities and a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who retired in 2015 after twenty-one years, including four combat deployments.

Image: U.S. Army operation in Al Muradia village, Iraq. Flickr/U.S. Army