The civil war in Syria has led to an estimated 100,000 deaths in the last two-and-a-half years with no end in sight. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a particularly ruthless dictator.
Outrage followed reports of chemical warfare
attacks on rebels and children. But the Syrian regime vehemently denies this.
This is another case where the fog of war precedes the battle.
President Obama has a difficult decision. After Afghanistan and Iraq, Americans have little taste for war. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found only 9 percent of the nation believes in military intervention.
Vietnam showed the misery of taking sides in a
In 1982, Hafez al-Assad, the father of the present president, presided over the Hama massacre in which government troops killed 10,000 to 40,000 people.
President Reagan did nothing because there was nothing he could do. Reagan knew the limits of U.S. power. President Obama may have to reach the same conclusion.