WASHINGTON, September 3, 2013 — John McCain was in the news Sunday and Monday demanding Congress go along with Barack Obama’s desire to involve America in Syria, yet another war in which America has no interest.
McCain said voting against Obama’s initiative to support the rebels in Syria would be “catastrophic.” John McCain has an interesting definition of “catastrophic.”
There is a huge danger here, which is why Americans must pressure their lawmakers to reject any war against Syria.
America is a representative democracy where the government, including the president, is supposed to represent the will of the people. A Pew Research Center poll releases last Tuesday shows that 48% of American adults are against military strikes while only 29% say they are in favor of intervention in Syria.
We have seen in the past what happens when America goes to war without public support. We have also seen what happens when public support turns against a war.
While the American public initially supported the Vietnam War, the American people eventually turned on a war without end or purpose. In 1968, CBS Anchor Walter Cronkite gave an on air editorial saying it was time for a negotiated peace in Vietnam.
Then President Lyndon Johnson famously said, right before he dropped his reelection bid, “If I’ve lost (Walter) Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”
By 2006, the Bush Administration had blown the initial support it enjoyed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Republicans were routed in the 2006 and then the 2008 elections.
While there is political danger here for Barack Obama, the danger for America as a country is much greater.
America cannot handle another war that we cannot afford. America cannot handle another war with no clearly defined interest, goal or exit strategy.
In an almost unprecedented move, members of the military are posting photos of themselves online with signs in front of their faces that say, “I did not sign up to fight for Al-Qaeda in the Syrian civil war.”
Some are even threatening not to deploy if we attack Syria.
Based on their rank insignia, these military members do not appear to be only low level recruits, but include non-commissioned officers, some of who appear to be senior NCO’s
Barack Obama and the hard left have made war on the American military since 2009. The budget has been gutted. Despite overwhelming opposition in the military, “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” was repealed and the culture of the military has become significantly anti-Christian.
The Obama Administration’s attempt to break the military may have some very serious consequences. We are seeing the first warning signs of major fissures in the military.
Could some of these soldiers refuse to deploy?
It is very easy to say things anonymously on the Internet. But the fact that these military members were willing to be so brazen about their opposition to the Syrian conflict shows there is a much deeper problem.
The fighting men and women of America’s military remember 9/11. They are not going to take it well if they are ordered to fight for those who cheered 9/11 and believe Osama Bin Laden was the good guy.
Some of them may not go to fight at all.
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