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Syria in a Nutshell

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO’s The Corner  We are contemplating going to war in Syria to help the opposition a lot and to hurt Assad some, or to help the opposition some and hurt Assad a lot, or to hurt Assad some and help the opposition some, or to force Assad to stop or to …

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Putin — Saruman Come Alive

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO’s The Corner “It was a delight to hear the voice speaking, all that it said seemed wise and reasonable, and desire woke in them by swift agreement to seem wise themselves.” — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers. If it were regrettable that Vladimir Putin’s formidable diplomatic skills were wasted …

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Syrian Knowns and Unknowns

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media   1) Red lines: Does anyone believe we would be on the eve of a war with Syria had not Barack Obama on two occasions — echoed on two others by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — warned Bashar Assad of red lines surrounding the use of WMD? Share This

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Obama’s Farce

He sold his plan for bombing Syria on flawed political assumptions. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online   To support the president’s enforcement of his red line in Syria requires suspensions of disbelief. Here are several. I wish it were not true, but there is scant evidence that the world, led by the U.S., …

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Counterintuitively Risky

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO’s The Corner Ostensibly, even an intervention of the most restricted sort in Syria, given the loud proclamations of the limited nature of cruise-missile attacks, should not pose geostrategic risks anything like costlier major ground operations of the sort we conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq. Share This

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Now What?

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online What are the president’s strategic objectives in the present mess? Does he know? There are four general strategic options — predicated on the political fact that either the Congress will approve the operation or that the Obama administration will ignore it if it doesn’t, and that Obama is not worried about either the …

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Obama Indicts Obama

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media One of the problems that Barack Obama has in mounting an attack against the Assad regime is that the gambit violates every argument Barack Obama used against the Bush administration to establish his own anti-war candidacy. Share This

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Is The War to Save Face or Save Lives?

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media Click here to see the symposium of PJ columnists analyzing the pros and cons of an intervention in Syria. Most of the arguments pro and con for an intervention in Syria have already been made. Share This

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Rhetoric Running on Empty

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO’s The Corner The latest disclosure — and the most grave — of the Assad regime’s supposed deployments of chemical weapons puts the West in general and the U.S. in particular in an untenable position.  Share This

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