Obama can do "very little" to affect Syria, former State Dept. official says 

A former Middle East peace negotiator for the State Department tells The Washington Examiner that Obama's options are limited in Syria, as the administration considers targeted sanctions against the regime of President Bashar Assad. 

"There is very little they can do to affect the situation on the ground," said Aaron David Miller, who added that a NATO intervention would be inappropriate in Syria. "He can recall the ambassador. He can make a speech. This is a story in which we play a supportive role."

Miller said the administration is essentially playing "whack-a-mole" with revolts in the Middle East, predicting that Obama's actions will hardly mirror those in Libya, as "there are very few similarities between the two countries."

The crackdown by the Syrian government in recent weeks has killed more than 400 people, according to human rights groups.


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