Obama and Syria: A Match Made in Heaven

The country falling and the president who “brought us back” from the worst recession since the Great Depression: it’s no surprise that we’re beginning to rear towards action.

People will scream about isolation, and others will give their support to unequivocal military support to the rebels – but when it comes down to the line, I won’t be surprised when we move our troops from one Middle Eastern stew to another.

Most of the articles I’ve been reading, whether they come from the Huffington Post or BBC, have been discussing how Obama is taking a step towards a more united government. One where Congress is actually asked about military action, before plans are made, and before things get serious.

But ask yourself: How many hours do you think he, his Chief of Staff and all of his Cabinet has considered the ramifications of this announcement?

The moment that red-line comment about chemical weapons was made, the world suddenly turned to us. The country pestered about it’s over involvement in every aspect of world affairs was expected, yet again, to take part in a conflict that is turning more and more into a secular disaster.

Obama knew this, his advisors knew this. And to be honest, anyone with a brain knew it. When lines are drawn in the sand, they are bound to be crossed. Especially when it comes to war, and it’s a strategy our President has (at least in my opinion) overused in the Middle East. The whole Syria debacle notwithstanding, I’m sure we all remember, that in the not so distant past, we stated a definitive end to our troop presence in Iraq. That we followed through in 2011. And that now, the whole country is going to shambles.

Syria is another example of how this administration is a lover of end dates, of action that people can predict a mile away, and helping people see the “transparency” of American military and political matters.

Sorry to let everyone know, it’s not working.

The more we let people predict our actions, the less powerful strikes are, and the less we have the ability to surprise.

It was only inevitable in Syria, when Obama stated that we would consider action if chemical weapons were used, and when you look at the track record that Assad has followed…. a confrontation would occur.

Think on Russia as well, who just turned down the Saudi Arabian offer of control over a global oil market. That they back Syria with a strong hand.

Syria and the United States are two countries that will likely never see eye to eye. And with this latest announcement of possible (and most likely inevitable) military action by our government, our cultural differences will turn to missile strikes and more than assistance to the rebels.

Can we afford to go against every country with different ideals, or ones that have a crisis that even somewhat has to do with oil and “national interest”?

Perhaps Syria will continue the trend of Iraq and Afghanistan, and perhaps not. I would hope not, but with what this country has said and done in the past years – I cannot do anything but anticipate it.

 

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