Drive-by interventionism: Does Libya’s fate hold lessons for Syria?
Foreign Policy, “A Realist in an Ideological Age” blog
February 21, 2012
Commentary by: Stephen M. Walt, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors and Harvard Kennedy School’s Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs
“The Libyan revolution celebrated its first anniversary last week, and though there were a few news stories and blog posts about it, the milestone didn’t attract as much attention as one might have expected. Instead, the focus of debate has moved on to the grim tragedy unfolding in Syria, and the perpetual sabre-rattling over Iran, not to mention vital issues such as whether 1) Santorum or Romney will win Michigan, 2) Jeremy Lin is a fluke or a phenom, and 3) Bobby Brown was treated badly by the security team at ex-wife Whitney Houston’s funeral.”