- Peter Bergen: When you are President and an international crisis lands in your inbox, there are generally no easy options
- Whatever action the United States takes will suck it further into the morass of the Syrian civil war and even possibly into some kind of confrontation with the Russians, Bergen writes
Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is the author of "United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists."
(CNN)Asked what would shape the future of his government, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan is said to have remarked "Events, dear boy, events."