De­fense ex­pert: Yes, Trump Has a Syria Strat­egy

New York Post - - POST OPINION - — Com­piled by Eric Fettmann

Crit­ics charge Pres­i­dent Trump is con­duct­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Syria with­out a strat­egy — an ac­cu­sa­tion Kori Schake at The At­lantic dis­misses as “in­ac­cu­rate.” Barack Obama, af­ter all, “had grandiose goals” in Syria but failed to achieve any of them. But while “im­por­tant sim­i­lar­i­ties” ex­ist in the Obama and Trump strate­gies, it’s wrong to sug­gest the cur­rent pres­i­dent too is “lead­ing from be­hind.” His strat­egy is “to limit Amer­i­can in­volve­ment, to push re­spon­si­bil­ity for out­comes in the re­gion back onto states in the re­gion, and to let power de­ter­mine out­comes.” In short, “it is not a com­mit­ment to change the hor­ri­ble and pre­dictable out­come of the Syr­ian civil war; it is nar­rowly con­strained to avoid in­volv­ing Iran or Rus­sia.” Yet he is “also will­ing to run risks that Obama never would have.”

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