Skip to comments.A Reluctant Warrior Tiptoes to War (Buchanan on Obama & Syria)
Posted on 06/18/2013 6:40:43 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
Barack Obama has just taken his first baby steps into a war in Syria that may define and destroy his presidency.
Thursday, while he was ringing in Gay Pride Month with LGBT revelers, a staffer, Ben Rhodes, informed the White House press that U.S. weapons will be going to the Syrian rebels.
For two years Obama has stayed out of this sectarian-civil war that has consumed 90,000 lives. Why is he going in now?
The White House claims it now has proof Bashar Assad used sarin gas to kill 100-150 people, thus crossing a red line Obama had set down as a game changer. Defied, his credibility challenged, he had to do something.
Yet Assads alleged use of sarin to justify U.S. intervention seems less like our reason for getting into this war than our excuse.
For the White House decided to intervene weeks ago, before the use of sarin was confirmed. And why would Assad have used only tiny traces? Where is the photographic evidence of the disfigured dead?
When did Congress authorize Obama to take us to war in Syria? What proof have we the rebels did not fabricate the use of sarin or use it themselves to get the gullible Americans to fight their war?
Yet, why would President Obama, whose proud boast is that he will have extricated us from the Afghan and Iraq wars, as Dwight Eisenhower did from the Korean War, plunge us into a new war?
He has been under severe political and foreign pressure to do something after Assad and Hezbollah recaptured the strategic town of Qusair and began preparing to recapture Aleppo, the largest city.
Should Assad succeed, it would mean a decisive defeat for the rebels and their backers: the Turks, Saudis and Qataris. And it would mean a geostrategic victory for Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, who have proven themselves reliable allies.
To prevent this defeat and humiliation, we are now going to ship arms and ammunition to keep the rebels going and in control of enough territory to negotiate a peace that will remove Assad.
We are going to make this a fair fight.
What is wrong with this strategy? It is the policy of an amateur. It treats war like a game. It ignores the lessons of history. And, as it continues a bloodbath with no prospect of an end to it, it is immoral.
In every great civil war of modernitythe Russian civil war of 1919-1921, the Spanish civil war of 1936-1939, the Chinese civil war of 1945-49, one side triumphs and takes power. The other loses and lives with the consequencesdefeat, death, exile.
What is the likely reaction to our escalation from humanitarian aid to military aid? Counter-escalation. Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are likely to rush in more weapons and troops to accelerate the progress of Assads army before the American weapons arrive.
And if they raise and call, what does Obama do?
Already, a clamor is being heard from our clients in the Middle East and Congress to crater Syrias runways with cruise missiles, to send heavy weapons to the rebels, to destroy Assads air force on the ground, to bomb his antiaircraft sites.
All of these are acts of war. Yet under the Constitution, Congress alone authorizes war.
When did Congress authorize Obama to take us to war in Syria? Where does our imperial president get his authority to draw red lines and attack countries that cross them?
Have we ceased to be a republic? Has Congress become a mere spectator to presidential decisions on war and peace?
As Vladimir Putin seems less the reluctant warrior, what do we do if Moscow answers the U.S. escalation by delivering on its contract to provide S-300 antiaircraft missiles to Damascus, which can cover half of Israel?
Obama has put us on the escalator to a war already spilling over Syrias borders into Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, a war that is now sundering the entire Middle East along Sunni and Shia lines.
He is making us de facto allies of the Al-Qaida-like al-Nusra Front, of Hamas and jihadists from all across the region, and of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypts President Mohammed Morsi just severed ties to Syria and is demanding a no-fly zone, which one imagines the United States, not the Egyptian air force, would have to enforce.
Our elites shed tears over the 90,000 dead in Syria. But what we are about to do will not stop the killing, but simply lengthen the duration of the war and increase the numbers of dead and wounded.
At the top of this escalator our country has begun to ascend is not just a proxy war with Iran in Syria, but a real war that would entail a disaster for the world economy.
If the ouster of Assad is what the Sunni powers of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt demand, why not let them do it?
Anti-interventionists should demand a roll-call vote in Congress on whether Obama has the authority to take us into this Syrian war.
Now let us cry “THERE WERE NO WMD’S IN SYRIA!!!”
Soldiers at Ft Bragg have begun training in Hazmat suits. Why? Hmmmm,
Obama seems more interested in gay men than the security of the country, impending wars, and his “lack of transparency”. Maybe really, Obama is “Coming out” through all this. He’s just too “feminine” for all this real stuff.
I totally agree with Pat on this one.
We're going to arm AND TRAIN Al Queda.
This is why thy will fight us forever. They know we're stupid.
(March 2013) U.S. Troops Train For Possible Mission To Secure Syrian Chemical Agents ...NPR has learned that the 82nd Airborne Division just wrapped up a nine-day training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., working with Army chemical experts from the 20th Support Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, to get ready for a possible mission to deal with those deadly chemicals in Syria... http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/13/174235963/u-s-troops-train-for-possible-mission-to-secure-syrian-chemical-agents
Agree with Pat 10,000%
Not our war at all. Quagmire express written all over this one.
Yep, not our war, and we can only pour gasoline on the fire.
It sucks to think of 90,000 people dying in a civil war.
But, it’s not our war. I don’t understand why we need to make it our war.
The rebels are not fighting for our interests. The government is not fighting for our interests.
If Obama was really committed to winning in Syria, he’d be doing more. His giving small arms to the Syrian opposition is just part of the charade. He has put out the lie that we went in to Libya to get their weapons to send to Syria. No way. That’s just part of the coverup. He’s stuck in Syria now. Serves him right. The Democrats went in to Libya to steal money.
Syria is a lose-lose for Obama. Putting US troops on the ground or even enforcing a no fly zone would put us in direct confrontation with Russia. Giving arms to the “rebels” puts them directly into the hands of Hezbola and other terrorist groups who have already said that they will use them against the US and Israel. Even if Assad were deposed either by military force or some type of agreement, Syria would be an Iranian puppet state or run by terrorists. Israel has the most to lose from what ever happens in Syria, but of course Obama could care less about them. Obama and Hillary have made a huge mess with their amateur foreign policy.
thanks. Didn’t know of the NPR story but that was what was on my mind
I think we should just tell Israel that they can have the southern half of Syria, and all of Lebanon if they want it. Let them take it and anex it. Be done with the whole thing. Tell them we’ll support whatever decision they make.