A primary rationale for much U.S. policy in the Middle East has been to curb Iranian “influence.” But that is too generic a concept to be a basis for sound policy.
Trump is just as wary as Obama of a slippery slope toward greater involvement in the Syria conflict.
The Syrian conflict, which appears that it will drag on for a decade, has been a source of regional instability and chaos.
One night of strikes doesn’t constitute a strategy to halt Syria’s civil war and stabilize the country.
Absent from this year's agenda are the cultural, economic and micro-political problems that underlie regional conflicts.
Trump declared “mission accomplished,” but he never really defined what the mission was supposed to be beyond punishing Assad.
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