By Tammy Swofford, the Daily Times Pakistan
There is not a doctrine of war that warrants a nation arbitrarily
crossing the sovereign border of another nation engulfed in a civil war
to influence an outcome
There is no successful argument or a real doctrine of military defence that provides support for the entry of the US into a limited field of operations against President Bashar al-Assad. The Obama administration spin cannot supplant theory-based best practices for the US armed forces. Best practices include a policy of restraint that does not dispatch our military configurations to intervene in every little hot spot in the world. Syria is just the latest spot that is a strategic locale, but should not become a military destination. The latest bad news coming out of Syria should be managed by the nations sharing borders with Syria. This is their challenge. Our challenge is to stay out of it.
There is little doubt that we have a big military paddle. But we cannot go around spanking every nation that surpasses a moral boundary. The line is too long and we do not own the real estate. Sadly, the Obama administration has taken ownership of an arrogant posture, which is counterproductive to vibrant foreign policy and diplomatic solutions. Our self-righteous indignation in pursuit of our private goals is the poor veneer for an increasing lack of humility on the world stage. It is time to take a hard look at what it means to provide leadership within the volatile regions. Does that leadership mean additional military hardware dispensed like Halloween candy to the costumed ‘patriots’ on the ground? Does that leadership mean unburdening ourselves of a few bombs from our own stockpile? Or should our leadership display a completely different look?