I don’t know about you but I have had about enough of this administration thinking they are godlike. What reason other than drawing the other big players into conflict? What interest other than him supporting his muslim brotherhood and all it stands for? This is a civil war that we should not be involving ourselves […]
There are press reports that the White House is considering missile strikes on the Assad regime in Syria to punish it for the use of chemical weapons. That is a bad idea for five reasons.
1. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine is not adequate justification for direct military intervention. This dangerous doctrine, promoted at the United Nations, undermines U.S. sovereignty by arguing for an obligation of nations to intervene. As Heritage’s legal expert on sovereignty matters, Steve Groves, explains:
a doctrine that compels the United States to act to prevent atrocities occurring in other countries would be risky and imprudent. U.S. independence—hard won by the Founders and successive generations of Americans—would be compromised if the United States consented to be legally bound by the R2P doctrine. The United States needs to preserve its national sovereignty by maintaining a monopoly on the decision to deploy diplomatic pressure, economic sanctions, political coercion, and especially its military forces.
2. A vital U.S. interest is not at stake. The U.S. does have an interest in the resolution of the conflict, but military force should be reserved for areas where the U.S. has a compelling need to act in defense of its own interests. There are other and more prudent options for advancing U.S. interests to help resolve the conflict.
3. It would not be a wise use of military force. Military force should be used only if there is a clear, achievable, realistic purpose. Missile strikes are unlikely to deter the Assad regime and prevent further abuses. Rather, the U.S. risks escalating its involvement in the crisis.
4. Missile attacks would only make President Obama look weaker. Much like President Clinton’s ineffective cruise missile strikes on Osama bin Laden’s terrorist camps, strikes would only be seen as a sign that the U.S. is lacking a clear, decisive course of action. The Middle East would see this as another effort from the Obama Administration to look for an “easy button” and lead from behind rather than exercise real, constructive leadership.
5. It would distract from what the U.S. should be doing. Rather than attempting to intervene directly in the conflict, the U.S. should be working in a concerted manner with other countries in the region to hasten the end of the Assad regime and deal with the refugee crisis, the resurgence of al-Qaeda, and the destabilizing efforts of Iran and Hezbollah.
I disagree. I believe we should have used missile strikes early and often to disrupt government artillery strikes. We don't have to walk the ground to level the playing field. Missile strikes and no fly zones WERE effective in containing Sadaam Hussein in the late 90s. Sitting on the sideline watching anybody be massacred is not the moral high ground.
It is time for the United States to get out of the :nation making", "nation building, "making nations behave themselves" business. Thousands of dead soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan and NOW we are going to enter another war? This is starting to be absolutely crazy. Let the Arabs fix the problem
Our foreign policy is an utter disaster and I fear the Democrats will try to do something, it'll be the wrong thing, to make Obama look like he's the man in charge, willing to do what is right. But at the end of the day, our window to help shut about a year ago and once Obama drew the imaginary line in the sand, he backed himself, again, into a corner. We should be allying with Israel, we should have done this 5 years ago, insuring that our allies are safe and know we will help them no questions asked, but, again, we didn't and another mistake is to try and make Obama the Commander in Chief he isn't.
This could be the same kind of ruse for which Al-Quida and Hezabollah are famous for... Lets not start attacking another country until we have all the facts... What leader is stupid enough to use chemical weapons several days after he is warned not to.... just a wee bit to convenient....
Obama seems to feel like the United Nations is superior to our constitution. It is not and we should follow our own directive and not those put together by some friends and our enemies. THINK ABOUT IT?
Congratulations Scott. Thank you for taking the moral high ground.
It is interesting that there is no concern over the hundred thousand lives already lost in Syria. How many more lives will be taken by the weapons of mass destruction that remain. Perhaps we should see the suffering and death of those our children that have died.
It is sad that most comments above support the selfish concerns of unaffected individuals . The American Spirit is truly a thing of the past.
It's terrible what is happening there...and an absolute human rights catastrophe... yet it is primarily a civil war... it is not our place to pick winners and losers for other countries??? All we can rightly do is express our support for those we believe in ...and work to protect our interests in the region...
As with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought us into WWII, the Syrian army and other Arab factions are looking to draw US into a war in Syria (neighbor to Iran); and with Egypt's near-civil war brewing, we would be foolish to be duped into yet another world war.
Well well well, it seems that a HUGE majority of the American People want the US to stay the hell OUT of other countries and let them fight their OWN wars. HOORAH!!! Here are protests against missile strikes or yet ANOTHER ' NATION MAKING " move on another country !!! Enough of OUR boys have died or been maimed for life, MOST of them if you tally in the mental problems these wars have cost. Let them fight to the death if they want , and be STANDING BUY to make sure they do not try to make it OUR death, or let them settle their own differences.
jay w..."Ditto" our transparent Presidential Administration has all too many credibility issues to-date. Furthermore, our intervention would fail to possess any achievements, except one, the Syrians (all of them)would hate the U.S. even more. We would most likely kill & injure many innocent people (those we hope to help) and piss off the ones that view we took the wrong side. Our intervention is a no win solution....period! Let us learn from Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan....stay the hell out of "Nation Building". As a result, no "No Fly zones", cruise-missile and/or drone strikes. Let them work it out between themselves!!!!
Although I agree with Steve Groves regarding the R2P Doctrine, we (USA) must be prepared to deal with leaders of other countries who use chemical weapons to kill their own people. We should act immediatly with our allies in the world and with our best effort to first investigate and then respond.I'm sure we have the best intellegence on the ground or we should have. And if it's true and they have used chemical weapons then we should take immediate action to remove that leader. We do not want any more Adolf Hitlers. But we should act within the framework of the US Constitution. This is urgent!
American Spirit a thing of the past? In many Americans it is dead! Our country is in serious need of leadership and moral teaching here at home! Sure I feel horrible about people slaughtering there own over there, yes it effects me! But don't we do the same in different ways? When children have absolutely no moral conscious, respect or 'American Spirit' at a level where they believe it's ok to beat a man to death because they're bored.... I believe it's long past time to refocus on our own. WWll veteran Delbert Belton, a senior citizen, a man of honor, a man who fought bravely and made sacrifices for his country, fought for the freedom of future generations only to have his life brutally taken by the youth of this generation effects me! That effects me deeply and I never met the man. How's that for moral high ground? I'm all for helping others but something is seriously wrong here. Let's get our own house in order before running out to help everyone else..... Again! This country always seems to be the leader in helping other countries both financially & in sacrificing the lives of our young people as we sink further into debt and grief. where has this gotten us? Our first order of business should be to elect a real Commander in Chief! The current one is clueless about the people in his own back yard. Disgusted by the in-humane treatment of human to human on this planet but we can't save the world if we can't save our own family...
Why is the Government and the Press SILENT with respect to what Russia may or may not do. Has our State Department contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry? Complete silence on this subject in the press/
America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.
I think the Heritage author left out at least a sixth point. Russia has had a vested interest in Syria for decades. There are thousands of Russian citizens living in Syria now and there are Russian ships docked at a port there.
Vladimir Putin is an old Cold Warrior who never abandoned his 'apparatchik' KGB mentality. If Obama, Kerry, the Senate, Congress all agree on a military strike or if Israel over-reacts to Syria, that could reactivate the Kremlin's old anti-West paranoid mentality, something that could lead to a nuclear war, not just a regional one.
If that happens, that would be far worse than a chemical gas attack against Syrian civilians. Frankly I think most government "leaders" in America and in the world today at large are just a bunch of irrational, power mad freaks. Who says America must be the world's international cop? Reagan once said: "Governments start wars, not people." He was right.
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