A draft memo recently signed by dozens of members of the State Department argues that the United States should be opting for “a more militarily assertive U.S. role in Syria, based on the judicious use of stand-off and air weapons” to give weight to the diplomatic efforts to carve out a peace agreement for Syria. The use of limited coercive instruments like air strikes and other “stand-off” weapons will not work to stem the tide of violence in Syria. It is precisely because such instruments are relatively cheap and easy for the United States to employ that they will fail to convince the Syrian regime and other actors to come to the table, because they signal to the parties on the ground that the United States is not highly motivated to change the targets’ behavior. If it were, the United States would be willing to opt for a much more costly and risky instrument—such as the deployment of a large contingent of ground troops—to try to compel compliance from the parties on the ground.
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Dr. Luis González and Dr. M. Stanley Whitley, both of Wake Forest University discuss what makes the latest edition of Gramática para la composición so innovative and revolutionary.
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