So once more, we hear the War Drums beat… TUM TUM TUM Johnny get your gun, we fixed Libya and Egypt now on to Syria.
Of course, this time no one else wants to play with us. The Russians are loudly supporting the Status Quo in Syria (someone is bound to get the weapons contract with the winners), and even our staunch allies the English aren’t willing to get involved.
Perhaps it’s “War Fatigue” or maybe the world is looking for a “Peaceful” solution… more likely though it has something to do with confusion. I keep a pretty close eye on the goings-on in the world, and I can’t for the life of me determine which side I want to win. I suppose like everyone else, I want the civilians to win. Helpless women and children didn’t sign up for a Civil War and they most certainly didn’t ask to be in the cross hairs of the United States.
The President says that we have incontrovertible proof (all right, maybe he didn’t say that exactly, but that’s the gist of it) that chemical weapons were used. Yeah, so… we had proof of chemical weapon use in Iraq before the war (a war Mr. Obama promised to end). Now all I hear is we need to attack Syria to oust the present Government and the only justification for this is apparently they gassed civilians. But wait, haven’t we heard this before…
After Desert Storm, George Bush Sr. was lambasted by the left for not doing enough, but he completed the U.N. objectives of removing Saddam’s troops from Kuwait, and returning the country to sovereignty. It would seem that only Republican administrations are war criminals and terrorists. Bill Clinton, during his administration, attacked Iraq several times, never actually destroying those annoying WMDs that Al Gore and Ted Kennedy told us were there during the first go round. Of course then comes George Bush Jr., and he is handed “proof positive” from our friends in Germany and France that a clear and present threat existed in Iraq, that Saddam had WMDs and that in time would also have a working Atomic Bomb and the missiles to launch it at Israel.
So, George II goes back to War (note, I didn’t say he started one… Gulf I was ended in a ceasefire, not peace, we were still at war with Iraq) and after beating the tar out of the Republican Guard (something you would think Democrats would cheer), all of a sudden he is the “Bad Guy” a “War Monger” and fighting a war for Oil. Well, that being what it may, at least we knew who we were fighting, why we were fighting them, and on whose side.
With Syria, I don’t feel that we know any of this, but I do know that we do not have a “coalition of the willing” this time. There is no U.N. resolution, no authorization from the U.S. Congress to wage war, no clear and defined target or goal. In short, we have nothing, and I’m just not comfortable sending young Americans into another Country to be sacrificed for what looks like Hubris.