General Martin Dempsey nails the Syrian intervention issue “I don’t think at this point I can see a military option that would create an understandable outcome.”
The Cato Institute’s Gene Healy concludes:
A gruesome video that went viral last month gives some sense of the nature of the conflict the Obama administration aims to join. It features a Syrian rebel announcing “I swear to God we will eat your hearts out, you soldiers of Bashar. You dogs. God is greater!”—as he cuts out the heart of a dead enemy and takes a bite.
No doubt we’ll have a rigorous review process to ensure that, while we’re winning hearts and minds, we won’t give weapons to rebels who eat hearts. But, as Bearden puts it, “once we start providing anything to the rebels, we better understand that if they win, we own it”—so perhaps we’d do better to sit this one out.