I apologize for the title of this article; well sort of.
I am sure that choice of words may have offended some folks and that is certainly not my intention. But the title does tend to generate a bit of a graphic image that may offend but also draws our attention.
Also, it is the only image that comes to mind when I watch the activities of the Dip-Stick-In-Charge (DSIC) in Washington when it comes to the mess in the Middle East.
From the beginning of the “Arab Spring” our DSIC has openly and not so openly supported the Muslim Brotherhood at every opportunity. That behavior might be explained by some repressed childhood guilt or overcompensation with respect to that portion of his upbringing under the cloud of the Muslim faith; either not being accepted or not being accepting - you decide.
Then our DSIC drew a “Red Line in the Sand”. Which at the moment seems to resemble more of a yellow line in the snow. Yellow has always been the color used for cowardice so that too may not be totally appropriate; but then again it might be.
There are WAR Mongers in Washington who will profit immensely if we are dragged into yet another war that we cannot win; on BOTH sides of the aisle. There are those that strongly recommend that we stay out of it; on BOTH sides of the aisle. (Isn’t it just great to see bipartisanship at work?)
The quandary for the DSIC is that there are those on both sides of the argument who have been large campaign contributors. Then he complicates the issue further by being caught between a hard place and a rock; i.e. his pledge to “stand by his Muslim Brothers” and his “Rainbow Line” in the press.
Personally I would suggest that the problem is being misdiagnosed and the opportunity to correct it simply has long passed. The challenge is not Syria. The challenge is IRAN and had Jimmy Carter not thrown the Shah of Iran under the bus the Muslim Brotherhood would never have taken such a strong foothold. It has been around since 1928 and virtually unheard of until full fertilized in Iran following the return of Ayatollah Khomeini. And had the DSIC backed the freedom loving people of Iran who attempted a second revolution in 2009. The Muslim Brotherhood would have been forced back into their little box of “Who Cares”
Sadly, I believe that the DSIC who is now being pulled in all directions by all these things and does resemble a person with a 220 Volt rectal probe in place will inevitably capitulate to the lowest common denominator: His Ego.
His “Rainbow Stream” and his ego will most likely force him to take a token action like firing a few missiles in the direction of Syria. Although innocuous in the grand scheme of things is all that is required to drag this nation into yet another pointless war that we cannot win and do not belong involved in.