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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Two Utterly Divergent Approaches on Syria

Here are two prescriptions for Syrian policy, both by veteran Middle East analysts who know the turf, but arriving at vastly different conclusions.

Longtime Beirut-based journalist Michael Young, writing at the Now website, offers "Toward a Syrian endgame? The anti-ISIS campaign may lead to an Assad exit."

On the other hand, Graham E. Fuller, writing at The Huffington Post, argues that "Embracing Assad Is a Better Strategy for the U.S. Than Supporting the Least Bad Jihadis."


V. Peele said...

As I understand your country's foreign policy towards Syria, your government recently approved $500 million to fund moderate Syrian fighters to defeat ISIL.

Assuming that the law is strictly followed, how on earth are you planning to defeat ISIL with an army of perhaps 100 and most likely less?

Michael Collins Dunn said...

V. Peele:

As IU suggested last month, we'll need help from Cinderella's fairy godmother, changing mice into ground troops: http://mideasti.blogspot.com/2014/09/in-rush-to-confront-isis-lets-also.html