The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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September 12, 2013

Military goals in Syria not explained

Why it matters: President Obama needs clearer goals on any military action in Syria to gain public's, world's support.

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No one doubts that Syria is using this time to bolster its defenses in anticipation of some military action. And if indeed the Russian gambit is merely a stalling tactic, then the White House should take advantage of this time to fashion a more coherent argument for what it hopes to achieve, how and with whom quickly and convincingly.

As we’ve stated here before, the United States needs to build a global response to Syria’s actions. But if he has difficulty in mustering even the faintest support from his own nation and some in his own party, then clearly he needs to revisit his aims and his tactics now.

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