SACRAMENTO, June 18, 2013 — As the civil war in Syria prepares to claim its 100,000th life, President Obama has decided that now is the time to “do something.”
No. It is not. Water is wet, the sun rises in the East, and Barack Obama is wrong.
The situation in Syria is so awful that even Neocons want no part of an American presence.
The 2003 Iraq war was the right thing to do. Forcible regime change was legal, proper, and absolutely moral. President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and everybody else wearing the Neocon label will find vindication in the history books.
Forcible regime change to take down the mullahs in Iran is also the right thing to do. The replacement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a moderate leader means the mullahs will now chant “death to America” while smiling. The mullahs needs to go, and sanctions and diplomacy have done what they tend to do with Arab Muslim nations. They failed.
Forcible regime change for Syria would have been solid policy any time through the middle of 2012. Bashar Assad is every bit as much of a genocidal madman as Saddam Hussein and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
When the opportunity to replace evil with good exists, the solution is to do it. By sheer definition alone, removing evil from the world makes the world a better place. As long as a vital American interest is at stake, intervention is the decision of valor.
The problem with the current Syrian civil war is that there is no good, only evil. The good guys back in 2011 and 2012 were the original rebels. As was the case with Iran in 2009, the Obama administration decided to stand down when America needed to stand tall. Innocent people were left to die.
The anti-Assad rebel movement was swallowed up by Islamists connected to al-Qaeda. Assad is a butcher, but he has not murdered Americans. Al Qaeda murdered 3,000 of them on 9/11.
These are the people that President Obama plans to arm. He had years to act, and stayed on the sideline. Now he plans to choose the only course of action worse than his dithering, perpetual inaction.
Even Neocons have had enough. We are not pro-war. We are pro-defense. We routinely argue with Ron Paul supporters and other Paleocons who insist that a policy of non-interventionism is the right foreign policy approach.
This time the Paul supporters are dead right.
When going to war, the only purpose should be to win. This is done through overwhelming force. There must be clearly defined objectives. Winning has to be defined by meaningful metrics.
President Obama is creating an American involvement in Syria, but nobody knows how, why or what he is actually doing. The objectives are completely murky.
Democrats have been distrusted for decades on foreign policy due to Vietnam. America won on the battlefield but lost the public relations battle. President Obama briefly appeared to rescue his party with the killing of Osama bin Laden. Yet global Obama administration bungling has emboldened America’s enemies wherever they lurk. They know weakness when they see it.
The best America can do is provide humanitarian relief and keep Syrian refugees from overrunning and destabilizing Jordan.
As for Syria itself, the world is a cold, cruel place. Our military does not exist to become social workers. There is no oil in Syria, and nobody on either side of the conflict worth saving. As for the innocents who will be slaughtered, liberals were perfectly willing to let them die to prevent a Republican president from having another American military triumph. Their politically motivated compassion lost credibility a long time ago.
The only solution is to let both sides kill each other and stay out of the way. All President Obama has to do to get this one right is to do what he always does when bold intervention is actually warranted. He should do what he wrongfully did during the Benghazi siege.
He should do nothing.
When even Neocons are arguing against intervention, then there is no possible American benefit to getting involved.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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