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Quote of the day: Syrian regime digs in

Nir Rosen emerges from two months in Syria with some sobering conclusions: —  Security officials I have spoken to do not seem particularly distressed by the fact that half the country has risen up against them. Early on, the administration hesitated at the crucial moment and didn’t kill enough people to crush the uprising in ...

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Nir Rosen emerges from two months in Syria with some sobering conclusions:

 

Security officials I have spoken to do not seem particularly distressed by the fact that half the country has risen up against them.

Early on, the administration hesitated at the crucial moment and didn’t kill enough people to crush the uprising in a single blow. Now there is no turning back.

 

… this struggle can drag on for years. The regime knows that Russia, Iran and Iraq will back it to the end."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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