I can understand why we aided Bin Laden in Afghanistan - to break the Russians. I can understand why both Bushes fought against Saddam - as encouraged by even Democrats. It made a lot of sense to me that Ronald Reagan bombed the heck out of Lybia in 1986. So much shock and awe went down on Lybia that Gadaffi's pride was humbled to the point that he finally submitted to more peaceful terms with the U.S. What President Obama is planning for Syria, is inexplicable, and it remains to be seen if he will do anything.
As Secretary of State, the faultless Saint Hillary, Obama's Secretary of State, promoted and applauded the "Arab Spring" where, more or less, steady semi-allies of the U.S. like Egypt's Mubarak and Lybia's Gadaffi were undermined by their former friend - America - so that the Arab Spring would blossom and flowers of Democracy would sprout throughout the Islamic Middle East. Or, that was the plan. Obama praised the Spring, comparing it to the Boston Tea Party and Rosa Parks. At least, he had fond regards for one Tea Party, although Obama, according to his own writings, has never really appreciated those white, colonial founders of America.
I'm not sure if Obama's plan to strike Syria (don't know what it is) is a Wag The Dog scenario, but it certainly resembles Bill Clinton's attack on Serbia - in order to defend militant Muslims in Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia, while he was dodging accusations of having an affair with Monica, that "did not involve sex."
I still hear from former Yugoslavians and even reconaissance people who were inspecting the Balkans before Bill Clinton bombed them, and they continue to be perplexed why Clinton and NATO attacked them, when it was the radical Moslem terrorists who were terrorizing Orthodox Christians. Once You Go Islamac, You Can't Go Back, and that explains why many of the countries of the world are in such turmoil. In the Kosovo War, the U.S., NATO, and the U.N. defended the Kosovo Liberation Army, and Ethnic Albanians, otherwise known as Radical Muslim Terrorists, yet even back in the late 1990's, the mainstream media could not label them as terrorists - much the same as President Obama has had a reluctance to call sworn enemies of the U.S. - enemies. So we jumped into the Kosovo War - to help the wrong people, just as we may jump into Syria. Even to this day, Moslems are burning churches and terrorizing Christians in the Balkans
For some reason, the West, the U.N., NATO and libs everywhere think that befriending the majority of Moslems will bring us good favor with them. Since the Islamic religion lives by the sword, it seems that only strong arm leaders (dictators?) can control them and inhibit them from killing infidels among themselves as well as every other country in the world. There is a reason that we hardly heard a peep from Moslem radicals for most of the 70 years during the regime of the Soviet Socialist Republic. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the genetic predisposition of Molems to kill became reinvigorated.
We helped depose the first guy - Mubarak, because he occasionally used a strong arm to control blood thirsty Egyptian rebels in the streets. After Mubarak we alternately supported then deposed the democratically elected Morsi, because he quelled riots, and now we are opposing the Egyptian military (which we promoted) for bringing down the hammer on rioters in the streets of Cairo. I don't believe the U.S. has ever had a more schizoid foreign policy. Maybe, as in Syria, we should just allow the herd to be thinned, because no matter who we support, the victorious faction will also rule by the sword, because that's the only way most of Islam can be ruled. And, whoever wins will still hate the United States and Israel.
Who do we think will replace Assad? Someone like a Barack Obama? A man of peace? I don't think that sort of leader would last long in the world of Islam.
This Just In: Rush Limbaugh gives some credibility to the possiblility that the Syrian rebels are playing Obama, and trigger-fingered Republicans, and that it was the rebels who intiated gas attacks against fellow Syrians who were deserting the rebel forces. Re: Yoseff Bodansky