Syria, two years on…

In August of 2013 I proposed the following tests for consideration of the advisability of committing to a war in Syria:

Words of Wisdom from Bart

Words of Wisdom from Bart


The proponents of the notion must answer the following questions:

  1. Are our vital national interests at stake?
  2. Are we supporting a friendly power or party by going to war?
  3. Is American intervention likely to actually improve the situation?
  4. Has the current Administration demonstrated military and Diplomatic competence?
  5. Has the current Administration demonstrated persistence?

None of the commentors were able to answer all five questions satisfactorily, far less the 0bama [mal]Administration.  My conclusion then was:

In my estimation the notion fails on all counts.

Now the Russians are involved, which makes containment an issue as an answer to the first question.  Questions 2-5 still have no answers justifying an intervention by U. S. Armed Forces, and 0bama’s “secret war” has proved both far from secret and even less effective.

Predictions at the time included:


Say, isn’t this what we tried in Vietnam? A ‘proportional response’?

History replays itself.

Shit. Expect a draft within two years…

Sorry[actually, quite happy]. Two years on, no ground forces and no draft

Our soi-disant cognoscenti CJCS opined:

Yesterday, it was “When there is evil it is our business and we are stronger when there is democracy instead of Baathist dictatorship.” and “because Hitler!”

Then again he was just attempting to perpetuate the Damn Lie.

So…  Two years on and the 0bama [mal]Administration’s Mideast Policy has delivered death, destruction, turmoil, and tears without a single tangible benefit to the Republic.

Those are the kinds of results one expects from a Progtard.

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  • jim_m

    Refusing to stand up to evil, and a policy of appeasing evil only delays the inevitable necessity of confronting it and destroying it.

    The left, because it lacks any moral compass and sees everything in a calculation of weighing the means toward the ends, is incapable of recognizing much less confronting evil. They are more than happy to align themselves with the islamists just as they were happy to align themselves with the Soviets when they were committing genocide in the Ukraine.

    Is there a national interest at stake? IDK. Is there an interest in putting down islam once more before it takes over the world and turns the globe into a giant version of Afghanistan? Or is there an interest in not giving Iran a nuclear bomb that they will put in their new ballistic missiles so they can obliterate Israel and Europe too? Or perhaps just so they don’t lend one out to some terrorist group so they can nuke NYC?

    Nope. No national interest in any of those things. At least not for the selfish and myopic leftists.

  • Paul Hooson

    Under international law, Syrian President Assad has the right to call in his Russian and Hezbollah allies. What part of international law would allow an unfriendly power like the U.S. to invade or even arm anti-government rebels? If the UN gave some mandate for NATO or other powers to peacekeep or other actions would be a whole different story, but as the map shows, the country is very fractured right now with ISIS in control of 75% of Syria.

    I don’t personally believe it, but one proRussian media source claimed that relentless Russian bombing has pushed ISIS to the brink of surrender. I seriously doubt that story myself.