Consider this ill-advised and badly planned scenario: What if my son was bullied at school and I told him that he is not allowed to retaliate unless he was punched and that I still don’t want him to punch back — but he can slap the bully?
What if the bully fights back? Are we prepared to get into an all-out fight?
It seems to me that our government is implementing the same principles. The Vietnam War was supposed to take six to eight months, a few bombs here and there. The Gulf War was declared over and won years before the final draw down. Armed forces won the battles, politicians lost the war. The Afghanistan conflict turned into a more-than-10-year war, and counting.
Now we want to get tangled up with Syria’s civil war.