China has now joined Russia in publicly opposing US military action in Syria without Security Council Approval. Military action there would subject our country to economic threats certainly, and possibly much more. The actions being breathlessly lobbied for by Obama are extremely reckless and expose the nation unnecessarily. We can’t continue to act as if this is 1946 and we have the world’s only functioning economy and intact manufacturing centers.
Limited strikes in Syria will not accomplish regime change, are nearly guaranteed to kill many civilians, will generate more jihadist antipathy, and will not be enough to change the course of the war, if indeed they are limited. They also have the serious potential to explode the scope of the current conflict.
What do we hope to accomplish at what cost? The notion that the nation who installed and supported the Shah, Pinochet, Trujillo, Rios Montt, Somoza, Suharto, the repressive Saudi regime, invaded Iraq illegally, killed 4+ million southeast Asians and so on and so on, is operating purely out of humanitarian motivation is historically naive to the point of comedy or willful blindness. If our concern were humanitarian, why did we not get involved as Assad was killing 100,000+ and counting with conventional means? If our concern is that Assad violated the rules of the civilized world by using chemical weapons, why do we sit here contemplating aggression outside of the UN Security Council, which is literally a war crime?
Enough warmongering in the Middle East. Contact your congressional representatives and demand an end to this reckless and dangerous path to Syria.