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Syria's civil war has become a wretchedly complicated problem.Finally, the single most important step that U.S. President Barack Obama could take is to put the credible threat of force back on the table.If Al-Qaeda operatives begin threatening the U.S. from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, the U.S. will just take them out with drones, as it has done in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.Obama should announce that the U.S. is committed to a political solution in Syria and that his government will do whatever it can to bring about such a solution through this week's peace conference and follow-up action. But if a cease-fire has not been achieved in the next three months, the U.S. should work with regional organizations and all friends of the Syrian people to authorize a set of military strikes on Al-Qaeda-linked forces and on the killing machine that Assad's government has aimed at civilians.The Obama administration should make the case for this to the American people in terms of straightforward U.S. security interests.
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