When I was young there was a story about a Polish colonel who was asked what he would do if his regiment got caught between the German and Russian armies.
His answer was, “Attack in both directions and die gloriously“.
That pretty well sums up the situation in Syria these days. There’s a war of sorts going on, not so much on each others fighters but on the civilians in the way. It’s a battle without good.
Assad’s government suppresses dissent, tortures its people and assorted other bad things. They do, do a point anyway, protect Christians. Their chief backer is Russia
On the other side are the rebels, who are heavily infiltrated byIslamic extremists, and such, even from western Europe according to some reports. They’re jihadist, pure and simple.Their chief backer appears to be Iran.
I’d call it 6-5 and pick em. All of which is bad for Syria but not really any of our business.
And that leaves the question do we care enough to watch American soldiers die in this dog’s breakfast? Cause that’s what a lot of our leadership wants. Why? I haven’t a clue. Maybe they think everybody will forget we’re here if we don’t have soldiers engaged somewhere. Well, Senator McCain, or Senator Graham, or President Obama what is the objective here? And I don’t want to hear any sneering from you Europeans, NATO is driving this as well.
Look, I’m no isolationist, in truth I’m a neocon, but I think we ought to have some sort of objective before we commit to battle (even in the air). An ally we could respect would be even better.
The other thing is yesterday there were reports of the use of a chemical weapon, the reports are fragmentary and unproven, let alone who did what to whom, and why. And so now our brilliant leadership wants to tell the world that we will respond against the government if anybody uses chemical weapons?
The Republic will survive not being at war for a year (or three) especially when the commander-in-chief is a known weak reed.
Forget about it, it’s their war, let them fight it.
- US ‘Red Line’ On Syria Has Been Crossed? (rinf.com)
- Israeli Official: Chemical Weapons Used in Syria (abcnews.go.com)
- Multiple investigations launched into reports of chemical weapons in Syria – Barbara Starr reports (earlystart.blogs.cnn.com)