Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., maintained on Sunday that Israel’s success in striking Syrian military targets proves that the Obama administration has been too worried about the prowess of Syria’s air defense. “The Israelis seem to be able to penetrate it rather easily,” Sen. McCain said, while advocating that the United States take more forceful action to drive dictator Bashar Assad from power.
But the concern is not whether the United States, in conjunction with allies, could force Assad out. The worry is what would happen next. Reminders to think long-term are plentiful. Three attacks on Saturday killed eight coalition soldiers — seven of them Americans — in Afghanistan. It’s been more than a dozen years since we invaded that country. The plan is finally to leave by the end of next year. But even a large troop presence for more than a dozen years will not guarantee a stable, peaceful ally. The same is true of Iraq, where the government remains corrupt and too friendly with Iran.
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