Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Here we are again preparing to enter into a Civil War of another country even amidst great promises that our involvement will be short lived since we don’t intend to really do anything more than “show that guy” that he can’t get away with gassing his own people.
It matters little evidently that he has killed over 100, 000 of his own people but now he used a WMD, gas, and that is an unacceptable way to kill . Claims and passions run high that a few hundred of these 1400 people killed by gas were children. How many children are included in the 100, 000 plus already killed and not one finger has been lifted to do anything about these children or these citizens of Syria. Using children being gassed as a reason for going to war is disingenuous at best but it plays well among some.
Somehow lobbing a few hundred missiles into Syria has been translated into stopping Assad and the Syrian government from doing anything like this again and will send a message to Iran, Russia and China that use of such weapons (WMD’s) will not be tolerated. Who are they trying to convince? Certainly it will have little to no effect on Syria and certainly none on Iran with Russia and Chinese backing.
We are setting ourselves up for another intervention in a place where we don’t belong. We have evidently learned little from history.
In 1949/50 there was another Civil War beginning in a part of the world where the US had just ended a World War, Asia and the Pacific. The situation was similar and the suggestion as to how it would be handled was even more similar. The North Koreans and the South Koreans had been divided by the United Nations at the end of WW 2 with promises of free elections in a five year time period. When trouble began brewing between the two segments of Korea and developed into a Civil War the US was put into a position of “doing something”. Sound familiar?
In PresidentTruman's mind, this aggression, if left unchecked, would start a chain reaction that would destroy the United Nations and give the go ahead to further Communist aggression elsewhere. Korea was where a stand had to be made; the difficult part was how.
The similarity’s are astounding if one just changes Communist aggression with terrorism.
In the case of Korea the UN Security Council approved the use of force to help the South Koreans and the U.S. immediately begin using air and naval forces in the area to that end. The Administration still refrained from committing on the ground because some advisers believed the North Koreans could be stopped by air and naval power alone.
This administration has made the same suggestions, but how long did it last in Korea and how long will it last in this situation?
They plan to go in with no real plan on winning as a goal or with no actual goal other than to fire a few missiles and hope that this will deter Assad , Iran, Russia, China and other terrorist states.
This was soon followed in 1963 with another civil war in a place called Viet Nam and once again the US got involved with no clear plan on how to win or if winning was the real goal or plan of what would occur should victory occur. We left that war with a divided nation here at home and wounds that to this day that have not healed.
Are we willing to risk placing this country into the midst of another Civil War with out a plan to bring it to an end or a plan on what will happen regardless the outcome?
The answer is a resounding no to each of these questions and without these answers is the very reason that the United States should not become involved until these questions have a clear and concise answers. These questions have to be clearly answered by this President to the American people, not the Secretary of State, not a spokesman, not a General but the President himself.