The economic problems that this country faces are escalating. The official national debt is quickly approaching $17 trillion. It is roughly seven times that amount with the unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid factored in. Millions of Americans still can’t find jobs to feed their families. The value of the U.S. dollar is rapidly declining with the Federal Reserve printing out money like no tomorrow. Rather than focusing on fixing these urgent issues at home, President Obama is preparing to wage an unnecessary and likely costly war against Syria that the American people largely do not want.
The simple reality is that the United States cannot afford to be the policemen of the world. National defense is a constitutional function of the federal government. But intervening militarily in the internal civil wars in foreign countries is not. We especially cannot afford a war against a nation that has not attacked the United States. Big government foreign policy racks up quite the bill on the taxpayer’s tab.
There is no doubt that the current situation in Syria is tragic. It is impossible to look at the disturbing images of the Syrian Civil War without feeling empathy for the people. But it’s important to remember that the conflict is super messy and complicated.
Real life rarely resembles a good guys vs. bad guys Disney movie. President Assad is a brutal dictator that is responsible for horrific deeds. But the Syrian rebels, that want to oust Assad, are not exactly angels that have the United States best interests in mind.
President Obama has failed to answer questions about how a rebel-controlled Syria would be preferable for the Syrian people and the United States. Obama’s plan lacks an end game—and a clear definition of “victory.”
Just imagine what peace presidential candidate Obama would say about needless war in Syria. He was elected to end the wars in the Middle East, not create new ones. But it appears that President Obama is taking a page right out of the George W. Bush Iraq War playbook. The Iraq War is a lesson that Presidential Administrations greatly underestimate the cost and length of wars when selling them to the people.
Julie Borowski is a Policy Analyst at FreedomWorks, an organization dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Her writings on economic policy have appeared in numerous newspapers and online outlets. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition to Reduce Spending and she launched an independent YouTube channel called TokenLibertarianGirl in June 2011.
She was previously selected to be a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies where she worked at the Center for Competitive Politics. Most recently, she was a government affairs associate at Americans for Tax Reform.
Julie has volunteered for political candidates in Kentucky and in her home state of Maryland. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Frostburg State University in May 2010 where she studied political science, economics and international studies. She is now located in Washington, D.C.