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Well, it finally happened. Both sides of the aisle in Washington have lost all perspective, not to mention what little, if any, common sense any of them might still retain. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner have each astonishingly announced their support of Obama’s request to Congress to intervene in the Syrian civil war, a move that makes no sense and which cannot possibly have a good outcome for the US.A Boehner Pelosi Dumb Scaled 300

That both John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi support our incompetent president in a desperate attempt to save his face; necessary because of his foolish “drawing of a red line” warning to Syrian despot Assad, is not only astonishing, it is appalling. An intervention in a civil war that does not concern us, and which will surely cost American lives with no potential upside for the US, is nothing short of idiotic.

The conflict in Syria is an internal civil war, and as such, presents no advantage to be gained by the US; on the contrary, our involvement in Syria’s internecine conflict can only result in a lose-lose outcome for this country.

On one side we have Bashar Assad, a sworn enemy of the United States, who is backed by Iran, a nation closely allied with the Soviet Union, which is led by an ex-KGB thug who repeatedly has humiliated our nation and its president.

Lined up against Assad is an insurgency whose most formidable factions are extremists with close ties to Al Qaeda, who in turn are backed by Turkey’s Pan-Islamist president, Percep Erdogen; hardly an ally, much less a supporter, of the US. No matter the outcome of this conflict; regardless of who wins, there is no way the USA will benefit from our involvement in Syria. There is nothing to be gained from risking American lives and throwing away American taxpayers’ money. Our participation should be limited to breaking out the beer and popcorn, sitting down in front of the TV, and watching all those Muslim extremists and terrorists kill each other off.A Obama Dumb 2 Scaled 350

What is wrong with the Republicans? They have been opposing Obama’s every move for years, and now suddenly do an about-face to back him in what is indisputably his most idiotic move to date? And the Democrats? Are they not the anti-war party? Have they forgotten that many of them face re-election in 2014, and that our Democrat-led economy is still a basket case? Are they not aware of the poll results regarding the public’s opinion of Obamacare?

We are doomed.

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About Clavos

Raised in Mexico by American parents, Clavos is proudly bi-cultural, and considers both Spanish and English as his native languages. A lifelong boating enthusiast, Clavos lives aboard his ancient trawler, Second Act, in Coconut Grove, Florida and enjoys cruising the Bahamas and Florida Keys from that base. When not dealing with the never-ending maintenance issues inherent in ancient trawlers, Clavos sells yachts to finance his boat habit, but his real love (after boating, of course) is writing and editing; a craft he has practiced at Blogcritics since 2006.
  • Rob Knaggs

    Since boots-on-the-ground is a political non-starter, no-one in Washington has a clue what to do about Syria. (“Nothing” is apparently not an option.)

  • gkubrick

    “Nothing” has been the option for two years

  • Zingzing

    Here’s how it is: America set itself up as “policeman of the world” a/k/a daddy. The world bitches at us if we don’t do something, the world bitches at us if we do do something, especially if that something turns to shit. Since the end of the Cold War and our grip on power being “we will nuke you” and/or “we keep you from being nuked,” our power move is reduced to “don’t fuck with our interests, because we have this army thing.” For the last 15 years, we’ve been playing that card in very tangential ways, and I think it’s about time we stop and focus inward.

    Syria doesn’t fuck with our interests. It’s a humanitarian crisis, but the rebels don’t look much better than the loyalists. This sounds like a UN project. It obviously needs to stop, but there’s no way America comes out better for spearheading this thing. The UK’s humanitarian thing is a much better idea. Sweden’s asylum thing is a good idea. Get the good people out and let the rest go to town if that’s what they are going to do. I hope the best for the noncombatants, and I hope UN peacekeepers get in there and are effective.

  • K. Moe

    Plenty of other domestic issues we should be concerned with. First of all, this will cost us, or maybe we already have such a huge military “budget” that we’re stuck using the $ we borrowed from the Federal Reserve for predetermined political purpose. Maybe we want to increase/maintain the amount of military spending. Why not cause Syria has the most oil right now. Our loss of privacy, the injustices happening in the judicial system, political/police corruption, the prison-industrial complex, misallocation of resources, poverty, the employment crisis and its impact on our economy/minimum wage/inflation/standard of living, TAXES, teen pregnancy, childcare, education, environmental issues… I could go on. I’m just going to throw out there that the media is at fault for creating a dog and pony show instead of pressing elected officials for hard facts/answers and penalizing citizens for irresponsible behavior.. but the gov’ts and corporations that influence decision-making have gotten so big and omnipotent they appear untouchable.. lawsuits? whistle-blowing exploitation? a dismantling of tyrannical hierarchy? all of these will just perpetuate the system. It is still an East vs. West world competition. Our world is centered around competitive markets and capitalism. The only way out? Get rid of money (after using it to create sustainable communities), go back to barter system, give every village weapons/ammunition and MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. Small govt = better govt. The vision in my head is a hybrid neanderthal and Buddhist monk existence. As Americans we have to know how much this will impact us as a country, how wrong it is to intervene in extrapolitical affairs (use some of your CIA operatives to sneak food and weapons to the oppressed), and how it is our responsibility as informed Americans to speak out against decisions that will have detrimental effects on our motherland. Keep calm and fight on!

  • Deano

    “We are doomed.”
    Really? I agree with almost all of your points raised about the lack of any serious interest of the US being at stake in the events in Syria, but I think the end of your post is a bit of a step off into hyperbole (it is a nice rhetorical florish though).
    If the US chooses to lay a missle / aerial smackdown on Syria, it does not by necessity end up being a doomsday scenario that has to involve American “boots on the ground”. The US had smacked down states before ( Lebanon & Libya back in the 80’s springs to mind) without it necessitating more involvement, so the doomsayers who are treating this as though it was some horrific random action that Obama has pulled out of his a**, are acting like drama queens. This is actually a fairly standard step for the US to take when dealing with a recalcient, hostile state that they don’t actually want to bother going to war with.
    The key difference in the Syria situation, is that the proposed action by Obama really doesn’t have any “wins” for the US, aside from smacking Assad around in a relatively minor way. If you go in big with heavy-duty attacks, you might end up de-stabilizing the Syrian stalemate. The last thing the US wants to see is another unstable, possibly Islamist-leaning, more radicallized government taking power from Assad. Assad is a bloody, vicious dictator but he generally knows what side the bread is buttered on, is fairly predictable, and keeps to his regional turf for the most part. As dictators go, however morally reprehensible he is, he is stable, and stable in the Middle East is better choice strategically than chaos (hence why Egypt’s nascent toying with democracy hasn’t received anything but tepid support).
    If you go too light with Assad however, other nations might start taking the lesson that chemical weapons are a good, supportable and really cheap way to slaughter your enemies (foreign & domestic), a non-nuclear WMD, that they can deploy with impunity. In which case you will see every tinpot military looking to become a more strategic player building up inventories, and less hesitatant about using them. The brutal lessons on gas warfare learned at such cost in Europe are a long time gone, so unless we want to see enthusiastic proliferation of these types of weapons into common use in conflicts, there is a strategic reason for the West to lay down some kind of painful and memorable smackdown on Syria.
    For whatever reason, the Obama adminsitration seems to be hesitant to put forward that argument, and seems content to be seen as vaciliating, passive and uncoordinated in their approach.

    • Clavos

      First of all, thanks for your comment, Deano. We don’t always agree, but I do always find your insights thoughtful and interesting.

      And you’re right: “we are doomed” was perhaps a bit on the hyperbolic side, but I see this president’s tone deaf reactions to people like Putin, Mursi and the quagmire in Egypt (brought about in part at least by our complicity in the ousting of Mubarak — the list seems endless and our direction (what little we have these days) is aimless and uncertain.

      So yes, “doomed” is a bit of an overstatement, but not by much.

      • Deano

        I haven’t dropped by the site in a while as the new structure didn’t really lend itself to comments much. Seems better now.
        I don’t disagree with you on the current adminsitration’s inability to either pick a direction or make a decision. I find that Obama on foreign policy seems to blow whichever way the wind puffs. When everyone was horrified about the use of chems on civilians he painted himself into a policy corner, and now seems to be trying to extricate himself. I think the only reason he went to the House was so that they would turn it down, getting him off the political hook and providing him with the excuse. The entirety of the US policy towards the Arab Spring, Egypt, Libya and Syria all seems to be confused and contradictory.
        It’s not an impressive display.
        Hope all is well with you down in the Tropics. I’d offer to buy you a beer but I’m unlikely to work my way down there any time soon.

  • Pam

    I agree that it proves no point for us to go into Syria. It’s a dumb move, but besides the wmd’s, how different is Syria than Egypt? The government refused to call a coop a coop so they could support the Egyptian rebels with military aid. Sending F16’s to a country during a coop is illegal, so we didn’t call it a coop to make it right. Forget that we were talking to the military commander on July 3rd, the day before the government was overthrown. A day in the life of dominant control. I can’t believe that anyone wouldn’t believe Putin’s threats against us if we bomb Syria. It will lead to boots on ground. This has huge potential for one of the biggest wars of all time. We are playing on very dangerous ground. Iran threatened to bomb Isreal if we go into Syria, Russia says it will retaliate on us. I have a huge problem with the American propaganda DVD of all the dying people. The exploitation is horrendous. We are well aware an attack happened, nobody denies it, but who launched the chemicals is far from proven. The DVD was a farce and pathetically weak propaganda to gather support for America. I just hope the people aren’t that weak.
    Nobody seems to even realize there is Two Faces to the Syrian issue.
    For the bible thumpers, wouldn’t this be considered the dawn of Armageddon?
    Weren’t we raised to believe it takes more of a man to turn the other cheek? This isn’t the school yard and I, for one, am tired of American bullying!

    • Deano

      First thing: it is “coup” not coop. Just sayin…
      Second Russia isn’t going to attack shit. Russia, like the US, doesn’t have any major strategic cards at play in Syria. Russia supports Syria, mainly because the Syrian’s pay cash on the barrelhead for Russian arms, tanks, weaponry and very expernsive anti-aircraft systems. Russia likes that. Russia also likes having a sometime proxy in the region that let’s them use a Mediterranean port facility for its forces, and having an ally that they can use to lean on Israel occasionally, but it’s not a critical strategic nexus for anyone.
      Russian, right now, is leveraging Syria to reassert their waning Cold War status as a superpower. Putin is playing the spoiler because it is discomfiting for the US and partially because, at the heart of things, Putin is an ex-KGB dick who likes to strongarm people when he can and probably just can’t resist putting the boots to Obama when he gets the chance.
      As for Iran, Iran can threaten Israel all it wants, they do it regularly. The Israeli’s don’t seem to be losing anymore sleep than usual. If Iran wanted a shooting war with Israel, they have had ample opportunity to trigger one. Iran is posturing for a number of reasons, partially because they like being the regional spoiler and power broker in the middle east, they dislike the US, and because they allowed their proxy Hezbollah out of Lebanon to step into the war to support Assad, so now they have a potential issue if they are forced out or if they lose. Again, they won’t pick a fight with Israel unless they have a developed a nuclear weapon and then, if they ever manage to get one, they sure as shit won’t waste it on defending Syria. You don’t expend critical strategic assets foolishly.

  • bliffle

    This is a very bad article. It starts off, reasonably enough, as an argument against intervening in Syria, but then veers off into a series of disconnected screeds against the President and then democrats in general. Please stick to the topic.

    This kind of idiocy is what will doom the ‘Politics’ section of BC, finally and permanently.

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