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The Worst Reason to Go to War in Syria

A rebel fighter gestures after launching a shoulder-fired missile toward Syrian troops in Aleppo, Syria
A rebel fighter gestures after launching a shoulder-fired missile toward Syrian troops in Aleppo, SyriaPhotograph by Narciso Contreras/AP Photo

Should America intervene in Syria’s civil war? A growing chorus in Congress thinks so, though not necessarily because of anything to do with Syria itself.

“More than just Syria, Iran is paying attention to this. North Korea is paying attention to this,” says Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) asserts that “the credibility of the United States is on the line, not just with Syria, but with Iran, North Korea, and all of our enemies and friends who are watching closely to see whether the President backs up his words with action.” Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) dispenses with the nuance: “The world is watching.”