Syria: Another Iraq??

1. The president claims chemical weapons could fall into terrorist hands.

2. The president brushes aside UN weapons inspectors.

3. The president is prepared to act, without support from the broader international community, tired of waiting for the UN to hold the rogue nation accountable.

4. The president does not believe he needs authorization from Congress to act.

5. The president is convinced our national security interests will be enhanced by taking military action.

This is what happened over 10 years ago when the Bush administration led us into Iraq. That left the United States with 4,500 dead soldiers. That left Iraq with 130,000 dead civilians and over 3 million refugees.

It’s happening again with President Obama’s belief we need to intervene in Syria. What’s going to happen to the Syrian people if we do attack?

President Obama has support, no matter how dubious that support is.

**UPDATE 9/11/13: For the moment, it appears we will not be launching missile strikes against Syria, per President Obama’s speech last night. I’m thankful restraint is being shown here, unlike Iraq. But he still asserts the right to act without congressional authority, is playing the “weapons to terrorists” card and the “they want freedom” card that we did in Iraq, and talks about not wanting to be the world’s policeman while assuming the responsibility as “the anchor of global security.” These ideas got America bogged down in needless war before.


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One Response to “Syria: Another Iraq??”

  1. peteybee Says:

    The chem’s are a red herring. You expect me to believe that 100,000 killed by ordinary weapons is on the “Ok” side of the red line while 1500 killed is on the “Not Ok” side? Dead is dead. Maybe it hurts more than being shot, stabbed, or burned, but not 100 times more.

    It’s about Syria’s position on the map, and their ability to block or allow pipelines. All other issues are just distractions for public relations.

    It’s a little complicated but please bear with me. Links to articles about this at the bottom. Most of the media are not giving this all that much attention.

    Two pipelines are being planned.

    Pipeline route: Iran-Iraq-Syria-EU.
    Material: Crude Oil
    Benefits: Iran, Iraq, EU
    Hurts: other oil exporters, like Saudi Arabia
    Syria’s position: they are allowing it.
    Timing: Iran, Iraq an Syrian oil ministers met late July and signed a memorandum of understanding that they all agree in principle to do this

    Pipeline route: Saudi Arabia-Jordan-Syria-EU
    Material: Natural Gas
    Benefits: Saudi Arabia, EU
    Hurts: Russia (they currently dominate the EU natgas market)
    Syria’s position: they are blocking it for their Russian allies.

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