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Kristina Wong, The Hill: Four military options for Obama in Syria
Lawmakers are pressing for a U.S. military option to help end the Syrian civil war, a so-called "Plan B," as the Obama administration's last-ditch diplomatic effort with Russia flounders.
Frustration on Capitol Hill is mounting after a temporary ceasefire negotiated Sept. 9 between the U.S. and Russia crumbled just a week later. The Syrian regime — backed by Russian air forces — then began a new onslaught on the city of Aleppo that has left hundreds of civilians dead.
“I do think we should be looking at what other options we might have to take action in Syria that would change the dynamic and force Russia to recognize that it’s important for them to reengage in a resolution in Syria,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who sits on the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, told The Hill on Tuesday.
The administration says the strategy remains to end the war through diplomatic means, but insists it is keeping military options on the table.
Here are four possible options the administration could be weighing.
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WNU Editor: None of these options will de-escalate the conflict in Syria .... in my opinion it would only escalate and expand it. As to what is the best option .... I would stick to the current White House policy .... stay out as much as possible from the war, criticise publicly the war and Assad, help the Kurds and try to deter Turkey from crushing them, and keep on targeting the Islamic State.