Syria War Is a Joke, but We're Not Laughing

By Hurt, Charles | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 11, 2013 | Go to article overview

Syria War Is a Joke, but We're Not Laughing


Hurt, Charles, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Byline: Charles Hurt, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When it comes to reckless stupidity in Syria, Republican leaders in Congress sure are giving President Obama a run for his money.

So they are in favor of launching war on Syria, but they do not feel strongly enough about it to urge their members to support it? Seriously?

You are willing to put America's firepower and potentially our troops in harm's way for an action you are so lukewarm about that you won't even pick up the phone to convince your fellow members that it is worthy? Wow. Talk about vital commitment.

But Mr. Obama promises a limited engagement, no boots on the ground? Seriously? What happens when Syria declares war back. Or Russia decides to defends her ally? Or Iran decides to fire on the USS Barry floating in the Persian Gulf.

Perhaps the single most basic rule of warfare is that you don't get to choose when to stop fighting. Only your enemy can. All you can do is persuade them with as much pain as possible - a concept that President Truman, thankfully, understood oh so clearly.

But Republicans don't have to go back as far as 1945 to realize this is a dangerous fool's errand. Remember 2003?

That was the last time all these towering statesmen rose in a fury for war. Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons against his own people. He harbored weapons of mass destruction that could slip into the hands of terrorists.

Oh, to read the strident statements people such as John F. Kerry, Chuck Hagel, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joseph R. Biden made back then. They sounded every bit as sincere and committed as they do today.

War! they cried. And off to war we went. As always happens in war, things didn't go exactly as planned or hoped. …

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