Monday, August 26, 2013
Re: Syria. The US should sit this one out
What is Obama's plan for Syria? Do whatever the UN tells him to do?
-drone strikes on selected targets where we think chemical weapons are stored
-problem: that's the US acting unilaterally against yet another Arab nation and they certainly have their weapons scattered and hidden all over the place.
-wait for UN inspectors to mess around for 6 months, then be the muscle in whatever solution the UN imagines will stop the killing.
-problem: if Bashar Assad doesn't want his chemical weapons found, they won't be found. it'll be the Saddam Hussein run-around all over again.
-institute a no-fly zone like John McCain advised to keep the lid on the Assad regime.
-problem: Assad isn't using his air force to deliver chemicals, he's using artillery.
-put US troops in Syria to keep distance between the Assad loyalists and the rebels.
-problem: Iran will, or has already, put her troops in Syria. Do we really want to get into a shooting war with Iran who is backed by Russia and China?
-Obama can pen a strongly worded letter to Assad demanding that he stop using chemical weapons. That should do it.
-problem: Nobody, anywhere in the world respects Obama or the Americans any more. They see us a weak and unmotivated, and on this issue, we should be unmotivated to do anything. It's not our job.
In short, there are no good options for the US in Syria. The UN has plenty of European countries who have militaries that can go be targets for snipers and terrorists in Syria. The US should sit this one out.