Stimson in the News

Michael Krepon is quoted by McClatchy News Service on military intervention in Syria

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A U.S.-Russia deal reached Saturday that could cripple the Syrian regime’s ability to use chemical weapons is a potential achievement for President Barack Obama, whose approach to the crisis has come under fire for hesitancy and uncertainty.

The agreement Saturday in Geneva stops well short of resolving the two year civil war in Syria, but if successful – and the obstacles are myriad – it would give the administration a result it wanted without U.S. military action.

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Obama’s options were limited by American distaste for military intervention in the wake of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, said Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a global security think tank.

“When you fight a very unpopular war, and there have been two of them, a president’s maneuverability narrows,” Krepon said. “The United States is as wounded today as we were in the wake of the Vietnam war.”

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