On our current course the American people will wake up one morning to find ourselves embroiled in a Syrian civil war where both sides are considered our enemy, without a clear definition of a victory, and no exit strategy.
What is the motivation for President Obama's persistence on getting involved? Again, 6 yr old psychology offers an explanation. He drew a line in the sandbox, and he doesn't want to seem like a coward when the line is crossed. (Never mind that the line of using chemical weapons in Syria was already crossed last Spring.).
Secretary of State Kerry and Vice President Biden want the American people to believe that it is because of the images of Syrian body bags and wounded children, which are being shown on our newscast. Our Nobel Laureate president, they argue, is motivated by nothing more than a humanitarian impulse. While these images are horrific, there has been more devastating examples of torture and death, yet no action from our Government in the cases of Darfur, Iran, North Korea, and Rwanda.
The timing of Obama’s orders for US military action in Syria deserves special scrutiny. We cannot ignore the past track record of distraction from one scandal with another. Nor can we ignore this President’s reckless persistence, despite opinion polls showing the majority of Americans are opposed to involvement in another Middle Eastern war, and despite our closest ally Great Britain wisely voting to stay out.
I keep waiting for this President to grow up and realize our military is not comprised of plastic toy soldiers, our tax dollars are not Monopoly money, and the American people are not kites which can be easily swayed depending on which way he wants to make the wind blow with his supposed rhetorical genius.
As any parent with an out-of-control child knows, the last thing you do is to give in to his or her temper tantrums. The best thing we can do is be adults, get the Senate back in conservative hands and give President Obama a much needed time out as an ineffectual lame-duck president.
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