I cannot help but wonder if some GOP members of Congress are on the take? And if so where is the money coming from? Saudi Arabia? Iran? George Soros? Or some other DNC big time donor/s, or even possibly Russia. Just why would anyone in the GOP, or even the DNC, support bombing Syria? Just today Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that there might be several weeks of debate on this issue - I’ll return to that below. But first we need to ask “Who will bombing Syria benefit?
Obama's intended attack on Syria is a BIG mistake. In other news today, Obama seems to realize that this would be a mistake – hence his sudden claims that he didn’t draw a red line, the international community did. Does that mean that the “George Bush ate my homework” line now too shopworn?
How does bombing Assad in support of the opposition benefit America? How does this benefit Israel? If gassing your own people is so terrible, why were the Democrats so indifferent to what Saddam Hussein did to his own people? The GOP seems to be falling for the usual DNC hysteria and another one of Obama's efforts to blame the Republicans. If things go well Obama will take the credit. If things go badly he will blame the Republicans.
Assad has nothing to gain from gassing the Syrian people, but the opposition certainly does. If the United States Air Force bombs the Syrian government, well then they are providing aid to the opposition. And just who are the opposition? They include the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and a host of other terrorist groups who are as bad and quite possibly worse than Assad. How does bombing Assad help Israel? It doesn't, but it might help the opposition take charge and we KNOW that they will try to make things worse for Israel.
Actually there are three options here: 1) do nothing, 2) support the opposition, and 3) support Assad. If we do #1 it doesn’t benefit or harm anyone and then everyone in Syria can continue as they have done for centuries – killing each other. If we support one side or the other there are almost no benefits to the USA and several downsides to supporting the opposition.
Supporting the opposition means we go in and attack Assad and his supporters. Now Assad was officially elected (although the elections are almost certainly a fraud) and his is the official government. Who benefits? The opposition and that is not good. It also makes other dictators more wary of us, has a negative benefit to the USA (the cost of the weapons of course plus any crazed individual or group who decides that the opposition was an American puppet), and could well result in an even more violent government right on Israel’s border. If we support Assad we are supporting a brutal, oppressive government, but it will at least signal the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and their ilk that we are not putting up with them – although after Egypt and Libya it will be a pretty weak signal. Plus it might not hurt to be on the same side as Russia on this one (although this may not be all that beneficial it cannot hurt).
The bottom line is who do we want to win in Syria? Both sides are terrible, but Assad is a little less terrible than the Muslim Brotherhood and co. If Assad wins we pretty much know how things will look as he has been in power for several years. If the opposition wins, well it could look like Egypt under Morsi, or Egypt now. How does that benefit the Syrian people?
Syria will be a bad neighbor to Israel regardless, but by allowing or helping the opposition to win things will be so much worse for Israel. If the opposition comes to power in Syria they will owe the United States, or rather Barack Obama. This would set up a scenario of American strength (not as strong as it was, but still strong) on Israel’s northern front at least in terms of American arms, which will almost certainly be aimed at Israel. Just remember Obama gave Egypt a great deal of military hardware. He could do the same to Syria and that would not be good.
But to return to Nancy Pelosi’s statement about the debate taking several weeks. I thought this was urgent, I thought children were dying in Syria. I thought we had to do something immediately. So why the sudden rush to do nothing immediately?
Then I remembered – Obamacare – it may be possible that the whole Syrian chemical weapons thing is being used to distract the American public and keep Obamacare off the front page. I know it sounds pretty conspiratorial. But hey, anything is possible in this crazy world of ours. I have no idea if any of this is true. Does Nancy Pelosi know something the rest of us don’t? I cannot remember a time when Pelosi wasn’t 100% behind Obama and she seems to be willing to do anything, say anything to keep him in power. The fact is that I just don’t know – but I do wonder.