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September 2, 2014

Instead of Bombing Syria to Fight the Islamic State, Let Syria and Others Battle Islamic Radicals

Until now, President Barack Obama's foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. In contrast to the easily excitable and often angry Sen. John McCain, for instance, the president did not suggest war was the answer to every international problem. However, the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant may have cost President Obama his equanimity. Administration officials are proclaiming this isolated experiment in 7th Century Islam to pose a dire threat to America. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war to Syria, where the administration has spent years working to overthrow the Assad government -- the most formidable force blocking Islamic control over the entire country. Instead, the administration should push other nations into the lead.

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