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Protesters from the Answer Coalition gather in front of the White House, Washington, April 14, 2018 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

America’s Syria Policy Is Incoherent, and There’s No Sign It Will Change

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

As the tragic civil war in Syria grinds through its eighth year, it is impossible to make sense of the Trump administration’s strategy as it moves in one direction and then shifts in another, again and again. American policy is utterly incoherent, and there is no sign that will change.

President Donald Trump’s position on Syria, expressed more often in tweets than in formal policy statements, vacillated wildly even before he was elected president. In June 2013, for instance, he contended that the United States should “stay the hell out of Syria.” But two months later, after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, Trump advocated for a U.S. military strike and vociferously criticized then-President Barack Obama for not ordering one. ...

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