U.S. War in Syria; trial balloon or business as usual?

We interrupt the regularly scheduled war with Iran to speculate about war with Syria.  Some Senator calls for military action, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says it won’t be so easy, because the air defenses are too robust and there’s no identifiable insurgency, and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says maybe it would be best to have an international consensus in favor of military action, and the news media says that President Obama has asked for military options from a supposedly reluctant U.S. military.

The story leads radio news, The New York Times and The Washington Post on the web.  The bloviaters – I guess myself included – are out in full force.

This one is simple: The leadership gives the patent Washington answers in their testimony before Congress that also says nothing, nothing about U.S. policy, U.S. interests.  The message, just in case you care and hang on the warnings about war is that if the air defenses weren’t so strong, if the international community yelled “charge,” if an identifiable in-country ally was found, war would be okay. What an idiotic way to run the world.


3 responses to “U.S. War in Syria; trial balloon or business as usual?

  1. So, can you imagine what would happen, both domestically and internationally, if we ignored those concerns and attacked anyway? I’m not sure what idiocy you are referring to: an overcautious American and international approach to Syrian government mass murder or the willingness of some within our government and punditry to act despite some reasonable cautions.

    • It isn’t the concerns that bother me, it is the use of the concerns as an evasion of discussing whether it is in U.S. interests to, as you say, “attack.” Caution isn’t the issue here, policy is. I want to believe that the United States has (or could have) a consistent, proven, and sensible policy regarding the use of military force.

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