On Tuesday I interviewed one of the world's most accomplished combat correspondents, the New Yorker's Dexter Filkins, on the Syrian nightmare.
Filkins is very clear-eyed on the risks and likely outcome of what he believes will be a warning shot but not a regime-changing use of force against the butcher Assad.
One of my very favorite books is Robert Massie's Dreadnought, and as we approach the use of military force against the butcher Assad, this book on the origins of World War I is very much on my mind. Yoni the Blogger has called the show a couple of times to sound a warning of how things could spiral out of control very, very quickly in Syria. Filkin's accurate and thus horrifying reporting on what has already happened in Damascus should have every believing person praying that President Obama makes the right choices in the days and hours ahead.
Senator McCain said on Neil Cavuto's show Tuesday that it is going to be three days of bombs and missiles and then out. (Cavuto's show is consistently among the most serious, thorough shows on the tube, and interview's like Tuesday's with Senator McCain set a standard that few broadcasts match.) The senator seemed very oblivious to the prospect of a spiral. Cavuto pressed, but Senator McCain is very confident of our nation's ability to change the momentum in Syria and find a new and better set of rulers at the end of the combat. Of terrible, unanticipated turns --well, not much.