Pity the poor jingoists among us! Syrian civil war is too complicated to lend itself to sloganeering!
America’s pseudo-patriots usually can be counted upon to support almost any suggestion of U.S. military action abroad. They were that way with regard to Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and countless smaller skirmishes. Any opportunity for our nation to validate its macho bona fides was welcome.
But, alas, the current situation in Syria doesn’t lend itself to bumper-sticker bravado. Moreover, with Barack Obama currently at the helm of the U.S. military, there’s a reluctance among some self-styled patriots to give voice to a battle cry.
For a handy primer on what’s going on in Syria these days, check out THIS PIECE by the estimable John B. Judis, which begins with a few pertinent questions:
The Obama administration now seems likely to approve a military strike against Syria in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons. Why is the administration so bent on intervention? Isn’t it violating international law? What will be the likely impact of an attack? Will it plunge the United States into another war in the Middle East? Or will it have no effect whatsoever on the carnage? Should the U.S. go further and ensure a rebel victory by crippling Bashar al Assad’s regime? Or should it stand back and watch the two sides destroy each other and the country?