In his news conference Tuesday President Obama asked Republican critics not to “rush to judgment” on Syria. The president said we now have evidence that chemical weapons were used but, he said, we do not know how they were used, when they were used, or who used them. He said if we rush to judgment, we will find it hard to mobilize support in the international community to support any action we could take.The news conference was broadcast live on cable news.
The president was responding to criticism by Republicans in Congress who want immediate military action in Syria. One Republican commentator, Bill Kristol, said on Fox News Sunday that Obama was “irresponsible” for not wanting to start a war.
War mongering Republicans scream about the national debt
The same members of Congress who scream the loudest about the national debt are pushing hard for the U.S. to get involved in a new war in Syria. Have they forgotten that the last two wars they got us into are the reason we have such a large national debt?
First Republicans blasted President Obama for ending the war in Iraq. Then they criticized him for winding down the Afghan War. Now they want us to jump into in the sectarian civil war in Syria. The last three civil wars we stuck our nose into—Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan worked out so well, so why not jump into Syria?
What’s another trillion dollars, they say? Its only money. So what if thousands of young Americans are killed or maimed? War is good for Halliburton and Bechtel. It is good for campaign contributions to Republicans from the military industrial complex, they reason. Besides, almost no sons and daughters of the war mongers will ever see a day in a theater of war.
Iraq and Afghanistan have created more terrorists than we killed
Ten years, several trillion dollars, and thousands of American casualties later, it is becoming obvious that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created more terrorists than we killed. We are no more secure today than we were the day Bush first bombed Baghdad looking for non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Actually, he was looking for oil, but he didn’t get the oil either.
Our involvement in these wars is the number one recruitment tool for extremist Islamic militant groups. These wars are driving a wedge between the United States and the Muslim world. They cause friction between us and our allies. And, they are bankrupting us.
The wars give Republicans an excuse to further their social engineering agenda, however. By spending nearly all our treasure on bombs, drones, and missiles, there is no money left for food stamps, Head Start, infrastructure, research or education. Defense Industry executives contribute far more to Republicans than teachers or social workers do.
We are fortunate that President Obama is using caution with regards to Syria. Unlike Republicans in Congress, he learned a lesson from the whole WMD fiasco in Iraq. Romney would have had three divisions in Syria by now—fighting Russia.
Syria is a tragedy, but will our involvement make it any less of a tragedy? Before you answer, remember how many Iraqi civilians lost their lives after we invaded–far more than were ever killed by Hussein.
Who is our ally in Syria? The U.S. supported Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan when he was fighting the Soviets. Ask the families of the victims of 9/11 what good that did us.
Our involvement in Syria should be humanitarian aid not military action. We can not win by getting involved in another war in a Muslim country. Syria is no Libya. Russia is a more powerful ally to Assad than the African mercenaries were for Qaddafi.
If our motive is humanitarian, that is where our efforts should be applied.
If our motive is to fatten the military industrial complex, then we should re-read Eisenhower’s final address, or read the words he asked be inscribed on his tomb. Or we should remember the lyrics of 1969 Motown song: “War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.”
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