If I was a cynical person, which, of course, I’m not, I’d probably say something like: “Boy, America’s Syrian Adventure will sure divert the Media’s attention away from some of Obama’s problems here at home, right?” But, see, I’m not at all cynical, so I didn’t say that, now did I?
Having said all the above, I must, in all honesty, admit that I DO have a, uh, sneering disbelief in the selflessness of, uh, certain politicians on the national and international scene — and — some who stand astride both. But I shall put forth my usual monumental effort toward refraining from expressing contempt or ridicule for those poor dolts as we investigate and comment on their most recent — totally idiotic machinations — as they pertain to another Middle Eastern hellhole/dung heap referred to simply as — SYRIA.
I very nearly titled this piece: “Obama Takes sides in Islamic struggle dating from the Seventh Century” But then again, most Americans, ignorant of history as we are, would have absolutely no idea what the heck I was talking about. But make no mistake — that is the way most of Islam will see Obama’s decision to drag America into the Syrian civil war.
I must begin by asking a simple question: What — exactly — IS America’s (the country’s) interest in Syria? Anyone?
The silence is ear-splitting.
If there is none, then why are we about to spend more of America’s treasure and most likely — blood — in another fight in which there are no good guys?
Look. I don’t mind a good fight when there is a reason, such as a bone fide American interest. But, for the life of me, I don’t see America’s interest in the brew-hah-hah that is Syria today.
Actually, watching America’s enemies eviscerate each other to learn which side can either maintain (or establish) the most vicious dictatorship over their fellow Islamic citizens is far more satisfying than joining the brawl — at our own expense, I might add, with zero chance of an out come that will be advantageous to any degree for America.
On the other hand: could this be nothing more that a micturating contest between Obama and Putin? If so, my money is on Putin! Somehow, I don’t see our “Hamlet in the Rose Garden” participating in such manly pass times.
The all out riot that is Syria today is a proxy war for certain. Problem is, who the heck is America’s proxy? There is one, and believe me, Americans are not going to like it when it is revealed!
There’s Russia, Iran, Assad’s Syria, and now America acting through regular and irregular troops on the ground.
Now that Obama has agreed to supply the rebels with arms (Like we weren’t already doing that! See: “Benghazi”) the US will be arming AL-Qaida forces with arms that, no doubt, at some future date will be turned against Americans. If you can see the sense in this maneuver you are way better at ciphering than this humble scribe.
I sometimes think America’s famously short memory is exceed in its “shortness” only by the collective memories of its leaders.
Does anyone remember the debacle of Afghanistan in which the US supplied weapons to a group known as the Taliban only to have those weapons turned against America’s troops a few years later? Normally one learns from such mistakes. Not, however, the good ole US of A.
The only friend America has in the region, Israel, shares a border with Syria. That is a problem. Israel has, unarguably, one of the best militaries in the world. They also have one of the best intelligence services on the planet. Being where they are — geographically — and knowing what they know, even Israel is tip-toeing around the Syrian mess.
I can’t help but believe that Obama is being pressured by the soon-to-be new UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, to act under the UN’s “R2P” or “Responsibility to Protect” policy.
“The RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT (“RtoP” or “R2P”) is a new international security and human rights norm to address the international community’s failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.” SOURCE: http://responsibilitytoprotect.org/
If the US subscribes to R2P, it seems to me, it virtually guarantees America will be continuously at war for as far into the future as the eye can see.
R2P is just another of those leftist warm and fuzzy policies that feels good, and looks good on paper, but in reality only adds more paving stones on that infamous road to hell.
A few RINO Senators are demanding a NO-FLY ZONE be established by America over certain parts of Syria. Have they forgotten the Russians have supplied Assad with their very efficient S-300 surface to air missiles? Are those same senators willing to accept the consequences when an S-300 knocks one of the American aircraft out of the air killing a pilot, or worse — having the pilot survive, be captured on the ground and beaten or tortured to death with his body dragged though the streets of Damascus by a mob shouting “God is Great!”?
Again I ask — for what?
The UK’s Independent recently said this: “Washington’s decision to arm Syria’s Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.
For the first time, all of America’s ‘friends’ in the region are Sunni Muslims and all of its enemies are Shiites. Breaking all President Barack Obama’s rules of disengagement, the US is now fully engaged on the side of armed groups which include the most extreme Sunni Islamist movements in the Middle East.” (Emphasis mine) SOURCE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-to-send-4000-troops-to-aid-president-assad-forces-in-syria-8660358.html
The same article in The Independent makes this hair curling statement: “The very Sunni-Wahabi Islamists who killed thousands of Americans on 11th September, 2011 – who are America’s greatest enemies as well as Russia’s – are going to be proxy allies of the Obama administration.” (Emphasis mine) SOURCE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-to-send-4000-troops-to-aid-president-assad-forces-in-syria-8660358.html
I’m just happy our President is deeply concerned over our involvement in Syria and spending every waking moment as Commander-in-Chief pondering how to prosecute America’s part of the war and not gallivanting off on some jet-setting playboy vacation to the Dark Continent.
Uh, wait …
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