Caruba: Why Syria?

By Alan Caruba

War is cool
Caruba: Why Syria?
Alan Caruba
Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey –-( Conservatives are asking themselves why liberals, so opposed to Bush’s war against Iraq and its dictator, Saddam Hussein, are so hell bent to get into a war in Syria and its dictator, Bashar al-Assad?

The President’s assertion of a short attack has been called “the Goldilocks” approach to war, offered as a measured, limited response to the use of poison gas that killed over a thousand men, women and children in late August. Wars, however, do not lend themselves to such measures.

They have a way of getting out of control, drawing in nations that have no wish to engage in them.

Moreover, there is ample reason not to rush into any military operation until we know whether, in fact, the poison gas was used by Assad or by rebel forces seeking to draw the U.S. and other nations into the conflict. Logically, there was no reason for Assad to use poison gas. All observers were of the view that he was winning the civil war at the cost of slaughtering 100,000 Syrians and turning millions into refugees.

This is not the first time the world has stood aside while such slaughters have taken place. It is an ugly truth, but it is the truth.

Who is rushing to resolve the horror that is Syria? Not the United Nations. Not NATO. Not Great Britain. Not Saudi Arabia. Not the Arab League. Nor has the United States to the point where Obama had to reverse course and ask for permission from Congress.

When you also consider the failure of the U.S. to arm “moderate” rebel forces as promised, it raises still more questions regarding who to arm and why the proposal has proven so resistant to fulfillment.

An element of the Benghazi scandal is the widespread belief that Libya was being used for the covert transfer of weapons, but that does not explain why the Obama administration blatantly lied about those who perpetrated the attack that killed an American ambassador and three security personnel, nor why there was no effort to come to their aid.

It is absurd to say that Assad’s Syria represents a threat to American national security and the hearings on Capitol Hill made it clear that the Joint Chiefs are very reluctant to initiate an attack that, militarily, is not likely to do much to degrade Assad’s ability to wage war. The Syrian operation comes at a time when the nation’s military capacities have been worn down by more than a decade of fighting in the Middle East.

Congress would have to make a special appropriation to cover the cost of the use and replacement of missiles.

Americans have been forced to witness a theatre of the absurd as Democratic Party spokespersons from Obama to Kerry, Pelosi to Wasserman-Schultz, defend the attack while supported by RINOs John McCain(at least at first) and Lindsay Graham. Even Republican leaders such as John Boehner and Paul Ryan have had to make the calculation to support Obama in order to avoid having the nation look weak in the wake of his “red line” statements.

The problem, however, is that the U.S. does look weak after its involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Adding Syria to the list will only enforce that perception.

It is more than a perception. It is a reality. A nation tottering on bankruptcy and default is, by definition, weak. A nation that has degraded its military power is, by definition, weak. A nation led by a vacillating, incompetent President is, by definition, weak.

It has taken barely five years for Obama to “fundamentally transform” America into a liberal cesspool of debt, widespread unemployment, and now a debate over whether to use military power to help him “save face” in a world where the fate of Syria is way down on the list of priorities, led by the increasingly desperate need to save America.

c Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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War in a world of plenty makes no sense at all. The Syrians like all states that tolerate dictatorship have to be on the verge of madness. The president is trying to do as all American presidents do. Trying to be heroes when it is too late. There is no hope for mankind if we don’t respect our fragile existence we have enough against us , food,shelter, the elements. Yet we consider war as a answer. To what? We should not be in any war at all. Maybe a war on stupidity.


Joe and Mike I agree with you both. If the American people oppose involvement, our “legislators” do not support it, and the Pope is even commenting, why is the Emperor so adament? Does Mr. Soros stand to benefit, or is it just his will? Let them figh their war, as peace is not apparently a core value of Islam. Our only hope as a nation is to humbly turn ourselves back to God, as our founding fathers build this country on the premise of a moral society. The events and behaviors out of D.C. in the last 15 years suggests… Read more »


I am against action in Syria. Why? because this is muslim against muslim, we cannot support either one no matter what the outcome. Who decides who is ‘less’ evil? Our government? I don’t think so. This is a terrible situation and only God can (and will) make all things new again, very soon. Do you know Jesus?


Joe is correct.


Yes,it horrible about children begin gassed(killed) however,how many children are killed every day here in the USA,by planned parenthood and others who GET taxpayer money to operate and destory babies??
Think about that!!!
Stay out of Syria!!

VT Patriot

Hey Marc Brewer, dot a few questions for ya. What part of the syrian civil war affects the national security of the US? How come all we’re acting on is ‘confidential information’? Why can’t your president expose the real truths and where it came from? Why don’t you volunteer to be the first to go into syria? That would increase your ‘cred’s’.

Marc Brewer

Wow, Syria needs to be smacked. But you pathetic people that call yourselves conservatives won’t do what’s right because of Obama being the president. You effing make me sick and you’re pathetic.

If bush was still president we’d be doing something about it before even having the evidence and you all would be supporting it. Absolutely pathetic.

Yes, we are ALWAYS the ones to uphold democracy and what’s right. Just be honest with yourselves, you don’t wanna give this particular president any opportunity to appear strong OR do what’s right. I am disgusted by this.


That picture sums it up perfectly.