Another diastrous war is the last thing we need right now
Paleo-conservative author and former Republican presidential candidate Patrick J Buchanan takes Mitt Romney and his Neo-conservative advisers and bellicose cheerleaders to task in a recent article for promoting the idea of further US intervention in Syria. Buchanan writes:
“In Syria, I will work … to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters and fighter jets.”
This commitment by Mitt Romney in his VMI address has thrilled the neocons as much as it has unsettled the realists in his camp.
And the reasons for the latter’s alarm are apparent.
Last year, U.S. planes scrambled to defend Benghazi against the “tanks, helicopters and fighter jets” of Col. Gadhafi. Now we are investigating the murders of our ambassador and three Americans in the city we saved.
To bring down helicopters and fighter jets would require U.S. F-16s over Syria or putting surface-to-air missiles in rebel hands. Do we really want to be passing Stingers around a no man’s land where al-Qaida agents could buy up a few to bring down U.S. airliners?
What Romney proposes is an act of war. Before we get into our fourth war in 12 years, let us consider the antagonists.
Meanwhile, in other news, the US continues to kill large numbers of people in Central Asia. The latest US strike took 18 lives. Anyone who happens to be killed in a US drone attack is considered a ‘militant’ and ‘terrorist’ by the US Federal Government, whether they are men, women, little children or elderly. Earlier this week a US strike in the area killed 5 people. It seems that the US Federal Government will not rest until it has made enemies of the entire world.