Washington's three-step policy towards Syria:
Step 1. Create Al-Qaeda Safe Haven In Syria.
Step 2. Warn The World of Al-Qaeda Safe Have In Syria To Global Security.
Step 3. Bomb Bomb Bomb?
An excerpt from, "As Foreign Fighters Flood Syria, Fears of a New Extremist Haven" (The New York Times, August 8):
As foreign fighters pour into Syria at an increasing clip, extremist groups are carving out pockets of territory that are becoming havens for Islamist militants, posing what United States and Western intelligence officials say may be developing into one of the biggest terrorist threats in the world today.
Known as fierce fighters willing to employ suicide car bombs, the jihadist groups now include more than 6,000 foreigners, counterterrorism officials say, adding that such fighters are streaming into Syria in greater numbers than went into Iraq at the height of the insurgency there against the American occupation.