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September 17, 2014

To Avoid Escalating the War, Don't Arm Syrian 'Moderates'

Without viable allies on the ground in Syria or Iraq, military progress against ISIS will be hard to achieve. This in turn will encourage hawks in the U.S. Congress and among the political punditry to press for more aggressive U.S. action, including sending Special Forces or other U.S. military personnel into combat. In short, whether or not President Obama intends to send ground troops into combat in Iraq, there is a real danger that the dynamics of the conflict will lead to that result. The time to head off a wider war is now. Congress should vote today to deny authorization to arm Syrian forces; and there should be a debate and a Congressional vote before the administration is allowed to continue the war in Iraq.


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