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McManus: Inching closer to entanglement in Syria
McManus: Inching closer to entanglement in Syria

The White House finally made it official last week: Yes, the civil war in Syria is a slippery slope, and yes, we're on it. Nobody in the Obama administration actually used those words, of course. But if you paid attention to what officials said, it was clear that President Obama has reluctantly decided to take another tentative step into the ugly Syrian war, mostly because all the alternatives look worse. "We have continued to ratchet up," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday, confirming reports of a coming increase in U.S. aid to the rebels fighting the repressive regime of Bashar Assad. What that means is that Obama has decided to approve new...

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