It’s taken more than two years, but Obama and the administration have finally been pulled deeper into the Syrian situation.
For years now, Obama has been pressured by sympathizers and bullied by many Republicans to take a more active and direct role in the nasty civil war, and for years, he’s resisted. But now it’s being announced that the U.S. will help arm the rebels, who now have momentum against them and appear to be losing.
Full story here: U.S. Is Said to Plan to Send Weapons to Syrian Rebels.
And here’s a story (a bit over the top, but not too much) about how the war can (and is) spreading: Could Syria ignite World War 3? That’s the terrifying question as the hatred between two Muslim ideologies sucks in the world’s superpowers.
It’s true that already America and Iran are being pulled more and more into this mess, and I expect that to get worse.
My biggest fear now, in the short term, is the so-often repeated mistake of mission creep.
Already, there are calls for Obama to set up a no-fly zone over the rebels, who are struggling against Syrian air power. Next step will be air strikes against Syrian air fields and munitions depots.
Obama has already been called weak for waiting this long, and he’ll be called weak for not doing more (such as the two steps named above: a no-fly zone and air strikes).
I hate to say it, but you might as well prepare for us to get sucked into another war. It will take all that Obama can do to stop it from escalating now.
Here’s the bright side! (Yes, that’s sarcasm…) On one side, we have a dictator supplied and supported by Iran. On the other, we have a bunch of rebels with increasingly an al Qaeda-like role.
So, long term our options are either a big-time ally to Iran as the winner, or an Islamic state that’s probably pretty extreme and hates America and Israel.
With those odds, sounds like we can’t lose. (Yes, that’s sarcasm, as well, as is the next little bit.)
Best of all, we’re doubling our chances for future attacks against our troops across the world and terrorist attacks here in our homeland. Both sides are going to hate us, since the Rebels are infuriated that we didn’t arm them sooner, and even now won’t provide them with anti-air weapons, and since Syria will become a mere extension of Iran.
Maybe the one big winner in this is Sen. Rand Paul. I think his message of (basically) isolationism will continue to attract more followers, myself included.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.