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From Kosovo to Syria, how US policy went from humanitarian intervention to concerned non-interventio

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN


In a new piece at The Hill I look at the trajectory of US policy from the era of George H.W Bush and his "new world order" to the era of Trump and "what do you want us to do" policy in Syria.


It begins:


"When Syria’s government launched a major offensive against a rebel-held area near Damascus in late February, there was pressure on the United States and Western powers to stop the killing.  But after seven years of conflict in Syria, there appears to be growing fatigue in Washington over humanitarian concerns in Syria. 'I don’t know what some of you expect us to do,”' State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a briefingon Feb. 22.


It explores Bill Clinton's decision to intervene in the Balkans and also the era of "pre-emption" and democracy seeding under George W. Bush. Through to Barack Obama's reticence about using force (but using it anyway in Libya, and creating the anti-ISIS coalition in 2014).


See the whole article here




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