Friday, May 17, 2013
Try Diplomacy with Syria
Here's an op-ed in the NYT by a real FSO in Colorado, Amb. Christopher Hill, arguing the case for diplomacy to solve the Syrian civil war. I think it is worth a try. We should be having meetings with the Russians, the Syrians, and anybody else signficantly affected by the war, like the Jordanians and Turks; however, I am not optimistic that anything will stop the bloodshed, including American boots on the ground, much less creating a no-fly zone, or other half-way measures. It is becoming increasingly clear that the US intervention in Libya, which appeared to be relatively cost-free and successful, was not so successful. The attack on the American mission in Benghazi, the attack on the Amenas oil facility in Algeria, and the al Qaida unrest in Mail all showed the remaining power of the Libyan rebels who do not like us. So, the American intervention in the relatively manageable Libyan civil war, was less than completely successful. Whether it turns out to be 25%, 50% or 75% successful, only history will tell, like the war in Iraq. Hopefully Libya will turn out better than Iraq. Unfortunately one of the best American strengths in Libya, the well-liked Ambassador Christopher Stevens, was killed by the anti-American group Ansar al Sharia, weakening America's future role there.