On June 17, 51 state department officials have signed an internal memo criticizing their country’s policy in Syria, and calling for targeted military airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s government.
Immediately, a statement issued by the White House expressed the difficulty of carrying on a military campaign against Syria’s Assad, confirming that President Obama will unlikely be shifting toward a military involvement.
The reasons behind such denial can be drawn into the following five reasons:
- The high cost of war on both political and financial levels.
- The deep involvement of key regional players in the Syrian crisis i.e. Russia and Iran
- The impossibility to legitimize a military action against Syria with Russia and China vetoing at the UN’s Security Council.
- No agreement for a No-Fly zone
- The crucial Russian military, political and economic interests in Syria.