No American or member of the House should for a minute care. President Obama and Speaker Boehner have not answered the hard questions that Americans need, nor will either in the future. The House Speaker and the President have apparently agreed that a Shia/Sunni conflict, centuries old, is America’s business. Well, it is not. Speaker Boehner states that the use of these weapons (chemical) has to be responded to and that only the United States has the ability to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated. Well no, Speaker Boehner, Sunni Turkey is in fact an Assad neighbor and has had Assad in its crosshairs for years. Turkey has the ability to cause Assad a world of misery. Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Egypt, all Sunni, have a horse in the race as well. House members—Republicans and Democrats—should not allow themselves to be influenced by either Speaker Boehner or President Obama, neither of whom has apparently ever read the Weinberger/Powell Doctrine or benefited from its wisdom.
I would pick up a phone at the House and invite Cato Institute’s Chris Preble over for a talk. Mr. Preble actually has done his foreign policy homework and will present all the evidence that is required to convince House members to stand clear on the lunacy of an American intervention in a Shia/Sunni civil war.