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With the assistance of Yale professor Oona A. Hathaway, Sen. Cory A. Booker (Democrat of New Jersey) has published an op-ed in The New York Times ("A Syria Plan that Breaks the Law") accusing the Trump administration of wishing to wage war illegally in Syria, in a manner violating both the American Constitution and international law.In addition to acknowledging the necessity of implementing post-combat stabilization measures to seal the forthcoming victory over Daesh, Booker and Hathaway take care to distance themselves from the Assad regime and its supporters.Should, therefore, a United States committed to stopping the Assad regime's war crimes and crimes against humanity demonstrate its seriousness by stepping aside and permitting that regime to capitalize on the defeat of Daesh – a defeat in which it played no role – by occupying eastern Syria and expanding its crime wave at its leisure?Surely Booker and Hathaway would acknowledge the truth of the assertion that the murderous, collective punishment policies of the Assad regime – enthusiastically supported by Russia and Iran – have pumped oxygen into the lungs of Islamist extremists and terrorists in Syria and around the world.The administration is on solid ground trying to seal the victory over Daesh and protect Americans from terrorism by stabilizing eastern Syria.
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