PHILLIPS: No-win in Syria: Barack Obama’s perfect war

What makes a perfect war for President Obama?  A war that America will lose no matter how it ends. Photo: AP Photos

WASHINGTON,  August 24, 2013 — Team Obama wants to get us into a war in Syria. It would be Obama’s perfect war. 

Leftists complained through the eight years of George W. Bush’s administration that he was a warmonger and wanted to start wars all over the place. If President Bush was a warmonger, then President Obama is the God of War.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has indicated that the United States Navy is moving closer to Syria and looking at cruise missile strikes to bring down the Assad regime.

This is Obama’s perfect war. It is perfect because there are no American interests involved, no reason for America to be involved, and no matter who wins the Syrian civil war, America loses.

No one would shed bitter tears if President Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s dictator, were removed from power. He is a Russian ally, but the Russians aren’t sentimental about allies. However, what comes after Assad could be much worse. Among the groups Obama’s foreign policy team has been supporting throughout the “Arab Spring,” the overwhelming likelihood is that radical Islamists with loyalties to al-Qaeda would be the victors.

What would happen with an Islamist victory?

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Syria would become even more anti-American. The radical Islamists in Syria would want to start a greater Middle East war against Israel. Syria would become another base for Islamic terrorists who want to strike against the West.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been doing his best to prop up Assad’s government and will not simply walk away because the United States starts bombing Syria.

For the Russians, this is a golden opportunity. They can test their military hardware against some of America’s high tech weaponry with no risk.

A war will cost America billions of dollars at a time where the defense budget is being shredded. And with the Obama Administration, we have to worry about mission creep. And if we “win,” we’ll end up a situation much worse than Libya.

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We were promised American boots would not be on the ground in Libya. What happened? At least one American plane was shot down, necessitating a rescue. Then came the attack on the Benghazi compound.

What is the American interest in this war? What is America hoping to gain from this war? Those are questions the government needs to answer before we put one boot on the ground. 

And there are no good answers there.

If Obama gets his way, the Islamists take control of Syria. They are already engaging in genocide and ethnic cleansing against Christians and other non-Muslims in Syria. This will only get worse. An Islamist government will ally with Iran, not the United States. An Islamist government will destabilize the Middle East and increase the chances of war.

And what if we lose?

Syria is simply pushed closer to Russia, and American influence in the Middle East is diminished even further.

That is why this is Obama’s perfect war: No matter how it ends, America loses. 

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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