1) What national security interest, rather than pure humanitarian interest, is served by the use of American military power to depose Assad’s regime?First, humanitarian interest is legitimate. Sorry guys--but the second is that it is within the United State's security interest to come down like a fucking hammer on people who deploy WMD. We'll see this later--but The Federalist breaks out the stupid on question one.
2) How will deposing Assad make America safer?The writer doesn't realize that any answer to question 1 answers question two. This is because he can't imagine an answer to question one.
3) What does final political victory in Syria look like (be specific), and how long will it take for that political victory to be achieved? Do you consider victory to be destabilization of Assad, the removal of Assad, the creation of a stable government that can protect itself and its people without additional assistance from the United States, etc.?Ahh--the "Be Specific" question. This is handy to ensure no answer is every good enough. The end-game is (a) the slaughter of civilians stopped (b) Russian power decreased in the area and (c) the rule of an entity that is not as abominable as Assad. Basically anyone better than ISIS in charge.
4) What military resources (e.g., ground troops), diplomatic resources, and financial resources will be required to achieve this political victory?30k Ground Troops, full-court diplomatic press (meaning our anemic State Department isn't up to it--but that's Davis' fault--he backed the current leader. Yes, yes he did.) and it'll cost about 100bn. Show The Omnivore's work? Prove The Omnivore wrong, dick-head.
"Political Victory"? Military victory. 18 months. Prove The Omnivore wrong, dickhead. NOTE: For those playing the home-game, these are questions that have almost no basis for answering so Davis thinks that if you can't answer, you shouldn't play. This isn't how the world works. The questions are around strategic directions.
5) How long will it take to achieve political victory?
6) What costs, in terms of lives (both military and civilian), dollars, and forgone options elsewhere as a result of resource deployment in Syria, will be required to achieve political victory?The opportunity cost of invading Syria will make a military assault on North Korea less likely. It will weaken us in potential war with China for this year and part of next year. Both of these are wars we can choose not to fight at the current time.
7) What other countries will join the United States in deposing Assad, in terms of military, monetary, or diplomatic resources?We could get NATO to help out if our CIC wasn't actively dissing them. The Federalist backs Trump so that's on them, of course.
8) Should explicit congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria be required, or should the president take action without congressional approval?Either way is good, tbh. No matter which way is chosen, someone will be upset (See Obama who did both and made no one happy).
9) What is the risk of wider conflict with Russia, given that nation’s presence and stake in Syria, if the United States chooses to invade and depose Assad, a key Russian ally in the Middle East?The risk is real. Remember how Romney said Russia was our #1 Geo-Political Foe, Obama said "Nope" and now the Right mocks Obama for it? Yeah--well, part of having a geo-political foe is that you get to--have to--"foe" with them. Sorry Davis. You know better than this stupid shit--you just hope we don't. Yes, it's real. No that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.
10) If U.S. intervention in Syria does spark a larger war with Russia, what does political victory in that scenario look like, and what costs will it entail?One of the more frightening scenarios is an accidental clash where individual forces (such as fighter planes) exchange fire without it being a planned meeting engagement. This is the kind of risk that could be de-escalated if both sides plan for it (i.e. whoever fires first has to back down substantially--so be careful with that shit). In the event of actual, you know, war? It looks like Russia losing more material than we do--but it looks like a nightmare.
Oh--you don't want a geo-political foe? Right. That's why you didn't vote for Romney. Got it.