"...it is not cheap, and it requires a long-term commitment of military force and political and economic assistance. The cost can be mitigated in a multilateral intervention such as in Bosnia and Kosovo, rather than a largely unilateral effort along the lines of the U.S. reconstructions of Iraq and Afghanistan. In the case of Syria, that means the United States isn’t the only nation that needs to sign on; Turkish, European and Arab support matter as well. Right now, there is absolutely no appetite in the United States for a Bosnia-style intervention in Syria. That is understandable. Unlike in Libya, the humanitarian disasters unfolding in Syria have not been enough to galvanize the United States to action. In addition, there is nothing intrinsically important there for U.S. vital interests. Syria does not have significant oil reserves, nor is it a major trading partner ..." Pollack
Ken Pollack wants us to do another "Iraq," this time in Syria. The first Iraq does not seem to have been enough for him. His recipe for Syria is for the US, Turkey and "others" to arm and train the rebels until they destroy the Syrian government and then "create" the armed forces of the new country so that they will revere us and align themselves with us internationally. That does not seem to have worked very well in Iraq, but, no matter, Pollack hopes that it will work this time. The Iraqi government is plainly defiant of American wishes but, who cares about little things like that.
Pollack infamously wrote a book in which he "boosted" for war in Iraq. Then, when the war became a disaster, he pivoted and denounced the whole project. Ken is a "weather vane." He knows that the "neo-Wilsonian" wind in the the BHO administration is blowing in exactly the same direction that the neocon wind blew for Bush. pl