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Chinese President Xi Jinping told his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on Friday that the crisis in Syria should be resolved through a political solution and not a military strike, state news agency Xinhua said.
"A political solution is the only right way out for the Syrian crisis, and a military strike cannot solve the problem from the root," Xinhua quoted Xi as saying said at a meeting with Obama on the sidelines of a G20 summit in St. Petersburg in Russia.
While I doubt there's even a political solution -- certainly not under Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom's leadership -- Xi is right that a military strike solves nothing.
Our only national interest in Syria now is to make sure that chemical weapons never leave that country. The only way to really guarantee such an outcome would be an invasion to physically remove them, which the international community won't support, the President couldn't lead, the Congress wouldn't approve, and the American people wouldn't stomach. Next up, a quarantine. The Turks would watch the north, the Israelis the south, and we'd use air and naval power to cover the coast and the desert roads between Syria and Iraq. That's a much smaller coalition, but still one Wiggleroom is incapable of putting together.
There really isn't a third option, unless you count stumbling around the world stage making incoherent and impotent demands.