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  • Syria: Effective American Leadership Needed

    Syria’s long-suffering people need U.S. leadership, and they need it now.

    The situation is dire as activists say more than 14,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011.

    But effective action has been held up at the United Nations due to Russia’s diplomatic protection of the Assad regime, which it is aiding.

    On Thursday, Russia withdrew its support of a U.N. plan for a national unity government in Syria, because Moscow refuses to support the ousting of the murderous Assad regime. In fact, Russia has actively helped prolong the violence through its continued supply of weapons to the regime. And rather than helping Syria to become a safer, more secular nation, Russia still insists on including state sponsors of terror and Islamist states such as Iran to help resolve the situation.

    If the crisis in Syria is to be resolved, it needs U.S. leadership to ensure peace and stability.

    Writing in the Washington Times, The Heritage Foundation’s Kim Holmes argues that the U.S. needs to lead a successful strategy that replaces the Assad regime with one that rejects terrorist organizations and respects its people and neighbors. Washington can do this by helping to shape the Syrian opposition.

    This strategy would be difficult, because the anti-Assad force is fragmented along ethnic, sectarian, ideological, and geographic lines, but the U.S. can establish closer ties to non-Islamist groups and form a strategic coordinating group that “believes in a free Syria and is willing to help create it, ” as Holmes writes.

    “We should measure the effectiveness of American leadership,” Holmes says, “not by whether we use force or not, but whether our strategy succeeds.”

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    5 Responses to Syria: Effective American Leadership Needed

    1. Bill Wilson says:

      o, are you as a group advocating the the US enter the fray, on the ground, by sending in US troops, or through airpower?

    2. Paul Herbig says:

      I could not agree now. Right now, though, the attention of the entire administration is oriented towards getting Obama reelected. He could care less about what is going on in the world as long as it does not hinder his reelection efforts. Effective leadership is needed but will not be gained until after January.

    3. kevin says:

      I agree with Syria, we need to get rid of this administration. The sooner the better.

    4. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      It's not going to happen until we have President Romney.

    5. Mike says:

      It's important to note that in Dr. Holmes’ piece in the Washington Times does not explicitly advocate for military intervention in Syria. In fact, Holmes stresses the importance of an effective strategy over military might.
      Holmes writes: “Too often, the test of U.S. leadership gets boiled down to whether or not we use military force. This is a false choice…We should measure the effectiveness of American leadership not by whether we use force or not, but whether our strategy succeeds. Force may be part of the equation, but it is a means, not an end.”
      For more information, be on the lookout for Heritage’s Jim Phillips’ forthcoming Issue Briefing on appropriate strategies that the US should employ to help resolve the crisis in Syria.

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