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How far ought out intervention in the so-called Republic of Syria go? Should we be there at all?
But if we do, I hate to say this about anyone, but I look forward to the day when Dr. and Mrs. Assad end up like Mussolini and his mistress!
---Yes Prime Minister (The Rt. Hon. James Hacker, M.P.)
I am going to be writing about this in the next few days, maybe even tonight If I am able to make time. I personally think that the information regarding chemical attacks and who did what are very very murky at this point. Any use of chemical weapons is atrocious.
I just do not see any way that American military intervention will yield positive results for the American people. I think short term wise military intervention might help the Syrian people ( note, I am not referring to the rebels but the people of Syria). However, long term I think our intervention will be larger issue that would actually increase the problems of the Syrian people. I will explan more in my writing on this later.
I think at this point the only intervention that America should be involved in with regards to Syria is a purely a humanitarian effort and peace effort. Lets try to work with both sides and interested parties to establish a ceasefire and possible peace talks. Lets offer humanitarian aid, working with NGO's their and friendly nations to make sure the aid gets to the people who need it most. Help the people and ease their suffering while they work out their own issues in their own nation. Just my personal thought.
We should be giving the U.N. inspectors secondary protection if allowed to do so, that's it as far as military involvement. We just don't know enough at the moment but as a military man, I don't want the U.S. to get involved in another war. They have not provoked us, they have not attacked us, we should stay out and let the U.N. do their job.
Do I feel bad for not the Syrian people? Absolutely and as stated above, I'd be okay with the U.S. providing medical care and aide to the victims but do we go Operation Iraqi Freedom? No. If anything, I still push for us backing out of that region altogether. Having been over there I can tell you we're only making it worse, some countries just aren't ready for democracy.
I reserve the right to change my mind of course, but as of right now I don't see how any involvement in Syria will be to our benefit. And if the current government falls, what will be put in it's place? I doubt it will be a pro-freedom, west-friendly bunch.
If our people wish to help with humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria, I will make no objection.
I find it odd that a party that was the brainchild of Non Commissioned Officers serving in Afghanistan could even considering endorsing the Idea of America becoming Al Qaeda’s state sponsor in its terrorism and it Air Force.
Could we be any stupider than this?
If chemical weapons were used by either side something should be done to send the message that it will not be tolerated; whether used by Syria or any other nation, faction, or group. We don't want our troops to be on the receiving end of chemical weapons in the future because we failed to take action now.
Other than that, I'd leave them to fight their own war and focus on providing humanitarian aid. The sectarian conflicts in the middle east will not be resolved by putting US troops on the ground to support either side. It will just make us even more hated in the region at the cost a lot of American lives. Our soldiers deserve better than that.
Oh, I completely understand the idea that we should do something about Chemical weapons. But I am doubtful that the Syrian Government had anything to do with it. We are talking about a Rebel Control village I presume?
But no word on which faction most of the people in the village belong to.
I see lots of Civilian Casualties...but almost no Military Casualties.
The attack occurs, literally, while UN Inspectors are in the Country.
One year to that date after the President defined his "Red Line" which when crossed would elicit an American Response.
While the Rebels were being defeated an in fact, despite what you hear on the media, owned no significant portion of any province in Syria.
So I am to believe that the Assad regime used Chemical weapons to accomplish no Military Objective, while he is winning the ground war under the noses of UN Inspectors, plainly just to piss the US and Obama off. Not likely, sorry. And I really cleared up any doubt when the Administration announced that any evidence was likely destroyed in an Artillery Barrage. That is patently false. You just can’t do that. The component ingredients will be present in the area for years, and the actual agent will be a hazard anywhere it is not exposed to sunlight and weather for months. Utter Garbage.
But then if not the Assad Regime, then who?
We are being played…….
Time to re think our foreign policy. " Rule 5.56" has reached its end game, lets stop letting Northrup, Alliant Techsystems and score of former GS14s making $250,000+/yr run our foreign policy. There is no self-defense in attacking Syria, yet it does perpetuate the CT industrial complex. And let there be no doubt, it has turned into a CT ( counter terror) industrial complex partially manned by moneywhores and profiteers. DNIs that were consultants should be your clue, not Naval officers, not CIA careerists, but consultants. This is totally a global UN deal (with Mr. Putin's encouragement) and should be made so. Our President seems so easily swayed, almost as bad as the last one.
Time to replace " Rule 5.56" with a more sustainable foreogn policy which still maintains a strong, uber strong, DEFENSE. Not nation building, or unilateral action or any other kinetics with little effect except a GDP stimulus back home and keeping the CT indistrual boondoggle running.That boondoggle will soon start to "train its guns" on our sorry asses if we don't interdict it. Bureaucratic org 101. It'll eat the Constitution as it already projects some pretty unCOnstitutional values abroad.
The pols at the the top know that if we werent building so many guns and missles, our national GDP growth would be a big fat zero. So let's STOP perpetuating the lie that our economy is growing and let it be, get Uncle Sam the hell out of the way, and and let productive assets take the fore. A sustainable path, versus the path we're on.
Duffy, for the record, the four NCOs were serving in Iraq when this idea hit them in the head. Splitting hairs, but I want to set the reocrd straight. Also modern whig moveent appeared in the Army times circa 2007,our initial debut, and not the 2009 that is oft cited. Heck NY Whigs held our first meeting at West Point in 2009. May 9th to be preicse. Thayer Hotel. Nice digs!
Look, it takes dialectic and cognitive process across generations to prep for democracy. Sometimes, as our own experience shows, it isnt so pretty.Trying to "jump start" the natural process causes shit like Iran. STOP IT!!!
Lead by example, walk softly, and carry a BIG STICK for a strong national defense. The modern Whig way.
The President just waived the rule forbidding the selling or suplying arms to Designated Terrorist Groups.
Hmmmm, Guess we are going to be a State Sponsor of Islamic Fundamentalist Terror.
Hey, we trained the muhajideen on the Stingers. We can defintely eff up again. And seem to. Daily.
I like TJ O'Hara's adaptation of the Declaration of Independence as the underpinnings of our "foreign engagements". It sure as heck more authentically represents "The Rest of Us" that this " Rule 5.56mm" trap we seem to be stuck in.