The Syrian Conflict and the U.S.
Recently, U.S. President Barrack Obama expressed a grave concern over the possibility of Syria's military using chemical weapons against Syrian insurgents. During his speech, the president stated that the American public needed to become aware of a possible U.S. Military intervention; however he stated that the U.S. would not intervene without the support of a U.N. Mandate along with clear and convincing evidence that chemical weapons were used. It is clear that President Obama is not ready to make the same mistakes committed under George W. Bush's presidency. It is important to note that the Syrian conflict is a volatile situation that could spark up tensions between other UN members.
The Best Option
It is apparent that the President is taking a diplomatic approach rather than a direct military one because the current dilemma in Syria poses a grave threat with severe consequences. The nature of the distinct cultural divisions in Syrian society only means that direct military intervention could only cause deep religious and ethnic tensions to grow, increasing resentment that could possibly lead to intolerable levels of sectarian violence. This problem also poses a direct threat to all the neighboring countries. Such intervention could increase the chaos exponentially possibly spreading the conflict into fragile territories like Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan. The U.S. is not ready to undertake another costly war since the Iraqi conflict has already taken a huge negative financial impact on the U.S. economy. In addition, the possibility of the conflict going volatile could be counterproductive to U.S. efforts in Iraq
In order for the U.S. to engage Syria effectively, it must undertake a strategically direct approach that does not rely on using military intervention. The U.S. would have to come up with alternative methods to garnish political support from other countries without having to bypass the UN. Also, the U.S. has to thread carefully on any action it takes because a military intervention could lead to possible retaliation from Russia and China.