by James Phillips, Steven P. Bucci
The Heritage Foundation
September 11, 2013
The Obama Administration has failed to articulate U.S. national interests in Syria or offer a clear plan that justifies America’s direct involvement in the conflict. As Congress deliberates on the Administration’s request for the use of force, it should consider what is in the best interest of the U.S., what precedents might be set, and what practical considerations it must address. Coercive military force should be employed only if it serves a vital national interest of the U.S. In this case, the Administration has failed to make the case that U.S. vital interests are at risk or that the American people would be gravely threatened by not acting.