Ken Blackwell

Secretary Chuck Hagel says if we go to war, it will be to "degrade their [Assad's forces'] capability" Has there ever been a foggier goal for military action? What does that mean? Are we sure that in the course of degrading their capability we will not be degrading our own? Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) warns that with Obama’s drastic cuts to our military, we cannot adequately deal with the predictable consequences of a military strike on Assad.


Can President Obama justify the loss of a single American life in order to "degrade their capability"? Sen. McCain "guarantees" they are moderates. What does moderate mean in the Mideast? We have the Muslim Brotherhood chieftain in Egypt saying--so moderately--there should be no chopping off of hands in the first five years of his party's rule.


Democracy can  never take root in a country where most of the people believe their neighbors who worship differently should be killed. Purple fingers may cast ballots, but if they also burn churches, there will be no shoots of democracy coming up from the sand in any Arab Spring.


Mr. Kerry has compared the need for action in Syria to the refusal of the Roosevelt administration to give refuge to the stranded Jews aboard the vessel Saint Louis. That is almost an obscene comparison. No Jews could survive in the regime that would be set up by the jihadists he wants us to aid. And soon, no Christians will be tolerated, either.


When Saul of Tarsus rode to Damascus in order to kill the Christians there, Jesus appeared to him in a blinding light. "Why are you persecuting me?" Jesus asked him. The Lord saw the murders that Saul planned as direct attacks on Jesus Himself.


Now, we Christians in America are asked to support forces in Syria whose murderous plans for the Christians in Damascus are clear. And instead of seeing Roman soldiers casting lots for Jesus' robe around the foot of the Cross, we can see our own senators playing video poker as they plot their next move.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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