Pat Buchanan asks, what would America be fighting for in a new war in Syria? What is America’s interest in a Syrian civil war?
The McCain & Graham led War Dogs in Congress must be avoided by President Trump, and there must be no more purposeless bombing runs.
Additionally, Paul Ryan doesn’t appear to be leading a big push for Trump to obtain Congressional authorization for his actions. It would be a mistake for both men to avoid such an authorization if the administration is considering further use of force.
In light of Ryan’s impotence as Speaker, Congressman Justin Amash today suggested “We need either a change in direction from this speaker, or we need a new speaker.” Those aren’t words you normally hear from someone in the Speaker’s own party.
Pat lays out the choice Americans have in Syria:
We have no vital national interest in Syria’s civil war. It is those doing the fighting who have causes they deem worth dying for.
For ISIS, it is the dream of a caliphate. For al-Qaeda, it is about driving the Crusaders out of the Dar al Islam. For the Turks, it is, as always, about the Kurds.
For Assad, this war is about his survival and that of his regime. For Putin, it is about Russia remaining a great power and not losing its last naval base in the Med. For Iran, this is about preserving a land bridge to its Shiite ally Hezbollah. For Hezbollah it is about not being cut off from the Shiite world and isolated in Lebanon.
Because all have vital interests in Syria, all have invested more blood in this conflict than have we. And they are not going to give up their gains or goals in Syria and yield to the Americans without a fight.
And if we go to war in Syria, what would we be fighting for?
A New World Order? Democracy? Separation of mosque and state? Diversity? Free speech for Muslim heretics? LGBT rights?
In 2013, a great national coalition came together to compel Congress to deny Barack Obama authority to take us to war in Syria.
We are back at that barricade. An after-Easter battle is shaping up in Congress on the same issue: Is the president authorized to take us into war against Assad and his allies inside Syria?
If, after Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, we do not want America in yet another Mideast war, the time to stop it is before the War Party has us already in it. That time is now.
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