Cato Institute’s Doug Bandow writes, “Like good trial attorneys who only ask questions to which they know the expected answers, statesman should only intervene in wars for which they know the expected outcomes. That may not be possible in a genuine war of necessity, but the last one of those for America, and the only one in the 20th century, was World War II. Syria doesn’t come close.” Doug offers, ”War should not be just another policy choice for impatient internationalists and frustrated social engineers.” Bandow outlines nine reasons why America should “Stay out of Other Nation’s Civil Wars”.
Cato’s Chris Preble recently posted on the Weinberger/Powell Doctrine and how it had been overrun by the Obama administration’s foray into Libya. Use the WPD as your benchmark for military intervention, and call it a day. All the common sense any American requires is contained in the doctrine’s five key intervention questions.
Entering the Syrian conflict fails all five Weinberger/Powell Doctrine key intervention questions. Mr. Bandow correctly concludes, “The ongoing Syrian civil war is a tragedy. America should stay out.”