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That could lead to a Syria under U.S. occupation. And very few Americans today are likely to support another costly adventure in the Middle East.
A decisive move in any direction would endanger America; at this stage, stalemate is the only viable policy option left.
Edward N. Luttwak is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the author of “Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace.” He wrote this article for the New York Times.
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