Sam Heller asserts that unilateral U.S. action in Syria must be narrowly focused on stopping the use and spread of chemical weapons rather than forcing regime change. Heller states:

“Tearing down the Assad regime now would throw the most populous parts of Syria into chaos, a vortex of militia violence that would empower jihadists and drive millions of refugees into Syria’s already weakened and destabilized neighbors. If the United States suddenly brought down the regime, it would be impossible to plausibly plan for the day after.”

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