The disintegration of diplomatic talks with Russia has left the Obama administration with a series of bad options for what to do next in Syria.
But despite harrowing scenes of violence, President Barack Obama is unlikely to approve any risky new strategy before handing the civil war over to his successor.
That’s according to senior US officials who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and requested anonymity.
The officials say the menu of options under discussion include limited military strikes against Syria’s forces, sanctions, more weaponry for rebels and multiparty talks. Those options have one thing in common: None appears likely to curb the bloodshed short-term.
The more aggressive option for military strikes comes with the added risk of pulling the US into direct military confrontation with Russia.