Yet again, American dollars, American lives, American honor for a cause where there is no clearly defined and articulated American national security interest, no American lives at stake, and is yet another adventure into the endless quagmire of the Middle East, which has been hopelessly entangling Western powers in its endless wars for hundreds of years (if not since the Crusades). It is folly, sheer folly, to think that this will have any sort of predictable outcome. Whatever it actually is, it will NOT be what we expected, that is assured. Yet here we go again, another man in the Oval Office thinks that the only way to manage the greatest power in the world is to use that power at almost every turn, it is so very seductive. But truly, the wisest men understand that it is with such great power that comes an even greater responsibility to be ever more selective and restrained in its use – using it very rarely. That is one sign of a wise and truly great leader.
While claiming that he just needs a “limited” war against Syria to back up his “red line” threat, President Barack Obama is actually seeking a far broader mandate from Congress. The authorization would allow Obama to take any action that he “determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria” as well as acting to “prevent or deter the use or proliferation” of the weapons or to “protect the United States and its allies and partners” from the weapons.”
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