War, What Is It Good For?

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Author(s) Ross Douthat
Source The New York Times
Date August 31, 2013
URL http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/opinion/sunday/douthat-war-what-is-it-good-for.html
Quotes-start.png Of course there’s something arbitrary about telling a dictator he can kill his subjects with bullets but not gas. But there’s something arbitrary about any constraint we impose on lesser powers. The point is to sustain an environment of constraint, period — in which troublemakers are constantly aware they can only push so far before American military power pushes back. Quotes-end.png

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This item argues for the position United States should intervene on the topic Syrian civil war.