Charles Krauthammer’s “jaw dropped” on hearing that President Obama announced plans to “discuss [what to do about Syria] with allies next week at the G8 summit.” U.S. officials confirmed today that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebel forces. But despite having long ago declared that use a “red line,” the Obama administration is apparently unprepared to act, says Krauthammer.
“The red line is officially crossed. You would think they would have actually considered what you do on the day the red line is crossed. You don’t think it anew on the morning of the announcement.”
On Obama’s apparent timetable? “In a week? In a week Hezbollah is amassing outside of Aleppo.”
And on Obama’s assurance that the U.S. would be increasing “aid” to those opposing the Assad government: “What’s he going to do? Add chicken to the tuna we’re giving them in the food aid?”
“This is astonishing,” said Krauthammer.
So now we’re supposed to go to war because Assad killed 100-150 people with nerve gas. Seriously? Does it really matter how they were killed? Bombs, bullets and bayonets are okay, but poison gas is a crime?
I keep seeing all kinds of reasons being given for why we need to intervene in Syria, and do it sooner rather than later, but I haven’t seen a single reason that is worth the life of one American serviceman or servicewoman.
Here’s a thought: Back in 1940 FDR thought we should intervene in World War II which was then being fought in Europe. Public opinion was strongly opposed to us getting involved. But what if we had?
Up until June 1941 the Germans and the USSR had a non-aggression pact. What broke the pact was the German invasion of the Soviet Union. If the U.S had joined the war in 1940 then Germany probably would not have launched that invasion. Let’s assume that the USSR had stayed out of the war.
75% of all German casualties took place on the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1945. This included most of their armored divisions. Imagine the Normandy Invasion with all of those Nazi troops available to fight us in the west. Japan was an Axis partner with Germany and might have entered the war a year sooner.
Waiting paid off for us. Hitler’s military was severely degraded from fighting the Soviets by the time we had to face them.
Having said all that, here is my prediction: We are going to get involved in Syria far more deeply than we did in Libya. I’m guessing ground troop will eventually be involved. It will not end well for us. The Syrians have anti-aircraft missiles and they will use them. The Russians and Iran will be satisfied if they can at least lure us into a long bloody stalemate.
Worst of all, our involvement will create more America-hating jihadis.
General, you don’t have a war plan! All you have is a kind of horrible spasm! – Robert S. McNamara