“It’s beyond our ability to sort this out,” Lugar said. “We attempted to do so in Iraq for 10 years. We tried to bring about democracy, human rights, stability, and peace and we had some success. But absent the U.S., it’s become unraveled again.
Lugar differs from many Republicans in Congress who are pushing for more U.S. involvement in Syria, but he urges caution.
“Countries really have to develop their own institutions, and determine their own future,” Lugar said.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.