Obama and Backing Down on Syria (The Washington Post)

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Though many feared that a U.S. failure to follow through on bombing Syria would injure President Obama’s credibility, there are many, including Dartmouth’s Daryl Press, who say the fear is groundless, notes The Washington Post.

Press, an associate professor of government, has argued that a leader’s behavior and reputation are not linked as directly as many think, and that other world leaders might not predict future acts based on the past, according to the Post.

“It would be foolish in the extreme to think that our willingness to intervene in a civil war in which we have no allies and no friends is a good indication to how we’d respond to attacks on genuine national interests,” he tells the Post.

Read the full story, published 9/12/13 by The Washington Post.

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