With the drumbeat going on for intervention in Syria, I was waiting for some new media conservatives to come out in favor of it. I did not have to wait long. Mitt Romney has been hammering Obama on the issue of not doing anything on Syria.
Now, in column in the New York Post, S.E. Cupp came out pleading for American intervention in Syria.
This crescendo is only going to grow in the next few days. As Romney and others call for American intervention in Syria, there are a few questions that need to be asked before we jump head long into that misadventure.
First, what is the compelling American interest here? Bashar Assad is someone who deserves to meet a very gruesome end for what he has done to his people, but what is the compelling American interest in replacing him?
Some argue that stopping the mass murder and human rights abuses in Syria is our interest. Really? What about the other hundred nations that are human rights abusers? Does this mean we have to intervene in those nations as well? Which nation is next after Syria? Iran? Zimbabwe? Yemen?
For all of his crimes, Assad has not been trying to start a war with Israel and a greater Middle East war. There is something to be said for that. It is in America’s interest for the Middle East not to go up in the flames of another war.
Here’s another interesting question for the intervention crowd. What is going to replace the Assad Regime? Do they realize we can do worse? In fact, our interventions this past year in the Middle East have been nothing short of a disaster, with every deposed regime being replaced by something worse. If Assad is gone, who takes over? Hezbollah? Someone tell me that would be better for America. Can you imagine another nation under Hezbollah’s control?
If we intervene, how are we going to pay for it and how are we going to pull it off?
We have been at war for almost 11 years. Does anyone remember that Iraqi oil was going to help pay for the Iraq liberation? Oops that did not happen. Instead we have foot the bill for Iraq and Afghanistan. George W. Bush was no Ronald Reagan when it came to the Defense budget but since the Party of Treason took over, the Defense budget has been slashed.
Our military is worn out. Not just our soldiers but also our equipment. Recently an Air Force General wrote a story about his son flying the same F-15 fighter that he had flown as a brand new pilot thirty years earlier. Not only is the equipment old but also ten years of war has worn a lot of it out. Another campaign is only going to make a bad situation worse. Does anyone believe that Barack Obama is going to agree to increase Defense spending?
There is no compelling American interest here. There is a real possibility we could end up worse off than we are now. And there is no explanation how we are going to pay for it or even how we are going to pay for the equipment we need to intervene in Syria.
For those who want us to get involved in Syria, please answer all of those questions first. Then we can talk.
America is not the world’s policeman. We have enough troubles with the fights where there is a legitimate American interest. Why should we pick up another where, as we say in the south, we don’t have a dog in this fight?
And you would rather he/we support the Arab Spring?
He is just like his Saudi buddies....shiite happens !
Got to go play golf.
Those same children that would strap a bomb in themselves and blow up a pizza place in Israel.
Getting involved in Syrai with drone attacks, boots on the ground is suicide. Let the Moo-slums deal with their on fate.
Judson: "Does anyone remember that Iraqi oil was going to help pay for the Iraq liberation?"
Judson, I recall that the contracts for the oil fields were rewarded by the Iraqi's to the UK and China. I have concluded that since China is so predatory for resources and that so many of our company's are now located in China the U.S. is scared of intervening to secure the contracts for us. We just fight the wari with our blood and treasure now owing China the big bucks. Its criminal, immoral. Just thinking. It is all about the globalist driven world. It is the NWO.
Well said. You hit all the points; What is our vital interest? How would we pay for it? We could get something worse as in Syria, Egypt and Libya. Which side should we support if we did and why?
So... Where is the U.N.? Isn't this what they are supposed to do... protect human rights around the world?
Sharia Law provides for no "human rights" !
All of that is just "conversation". No Arab country has any "rights for its citizens to protest or oppose the government".
Interesting. I need to investigate the relation of the UN and muslim nations... Human rights/
Members of the United Nations are letting the Muslims do as they please because the Muslims are "Providing them Oil and Wearing Suits and ties (instead of Arab Garb) and acting like Democrats instead of goat chasers" !
They want "everyone in the world to follow the rules that The UN contrive and enforce" !
The UN can kiss my jackass and the camel they road in on !
In a hearing recently iit was admitted by our military reps to that hearing that the UN does not have the training nor the equipment to carry out any thing meaningful. The UN is neutered. Show only. In my opinion this is a good thing.