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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confers with U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confers with U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria.
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

MATTHEW DUSS

It’s good that Americans are wary of military strikes. Thank George Bush

As Washington debates President Barack Obama’s proposed military intervention in Syria, it’s become common, particularly among supporters of intervention in Syria, to point out that “Syria is not Iraq.” This is obviously true. Syria and Iraq are two different countries. More importantly, the intervention currently proposed by Mr. Obama is a far more modest one than the full-on invasion and occupation launched by the George W. Bush administration in 2003.