There are so many things I could say about this matter. First of all, I want to call out all the intervention eager Democrats (President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, to name a few) who were so strongly against intervention during President George W. Bush’s administration.
Although I opposed Iraq as well, I can understand that at the time we believed our own security was at risk. This time, there is no such matter at stake. Also, a little piece of advice to the hard core liberal Democrats who feel they can do no wrong: this proves your guys are equally as full of it as ours are! That being said, I am not going to make the rest of this a partisan rant because I want to make it clear to all Americans where we should stand.
I will be perfectly blunt: I am not in favor of the United States getting involved in Syria’s business. Unfortunately, the recent attacks supposedly carried out by the Assad regime have made it difficult to maintain this position. Nevertheless, it is important to consider the consequences of intervention.
It may be wise for Americans to thoroughly evaluate the background of the Syrian rebels. Aside from the fact that they are fighting against Assad, they are aligned with questionable allies and supporters. This is plausible considering the fact that the Syrian rebels have strong support and sympathy from Islamic extremists. This says enough on its own.
I would be lying if I told you that we should be more concerned about the outcome for the Syrian rebels as opposed to our own interests. Quite frankly, I see no reason we should care for a nation whose majority will quickly turn on us once we help them overthrow Assad.
I know many would feel that this belief is just a rash judgement of the Muslim world. I, too, once felt that way. In America, we still seem to be bogged down by the feeling that we can overthrow great tyrants and bring democracy which will be welcomed by those who were oppressed. After all, since we succeeded after WWII and the Cold War, what would be stopping us now?
The harsh reality is that not every place in the world is the same. In countries such as Japan and much of Europe, these societies were more advanced and could grasp what needed to be fixed much faster.
Domestically, we cannot afford to get involved, both financially and emotionally. Americans have been plagued by war for the past decade, sometimes justly and other times unjustly. Our nation’s economy has tanked and our debt exploded as a result of war (which I will concede was the fault of a Republican administration).
I applaud Obama for bringing the war in Iraq to an end. In general, his foreign policy record has been fair, so I do not understand why he feels the need to blemish it with something so pointless. Even if there are no ground troops, we will still receive the blame when events begin to turn sour.
Personally, I believe that this country needs to follow a course of practical interventionism, when we know that our actions will have been performed in vain. Syria simply does not fall into that category.