It’s About the Money

Given the quickly changing “goals” of military intervention in Syria, it is important to determine the likely beneficiary from such action.  Initially, the President wanted to send a message to the Syrian regime about the cost of using chemical weapons.  Targeted, limited, and proportional strikes were the strategy of choice to punish the Assad regime… Continue reading

Blood & Treasure in Syria?

The phrase “blood and treasure” refers to the costs of war, both in lives and resources lost.  Consider the cost of a US led “…limited and politically tailored response”1 to President Bashir al-Assad’s mass killing of civilians in Syria.  What a limited and politically tailored response would look like is unclear, but it will be… Continue reading