1. Intervention Fatigue.
After long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan plus last year’s air campaign in support of the Libyan rebels, Western leaders are reluctant to get involved in what they fear will be a long and complex military commitment in Syria. This concern is also driven by economic problems and defense cutbacks. For example, the UK and France began to run out of aerial bombs during last year’s airstrikes against Libya. With Britain’s recent deep defense cuts, it may not be able to conduct a sustained military operation in Syria similar to the Libyan operation.
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