Syria: Another Victim
Think back: it wasn't that long ago. Both the White House press machine and its mouthpiece, the major national media, were gushing over what they romantically identified as the "Arab Spring;" dictating despots were being overthrown by the popular uprisings as "democracy" was washing over the Middle-East like a tsunami wave.
Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, etc., etc.: Inspired by the support of a an empathetic US which believed in their causes, they were throwing off the chains of subjugation and fighting for the democracy that was their God-given right.
And now, Syria; the same story. And, initially at least, most American's supported what they were doing. Democratic (lower-case "D" please) traditions are, after all, what our country was built upon. And if it's been good for us, it must be good for them. More power (and, if necessary, maybe even a little assistance) to them in their efforts we seemed to collectively say.
But then, when it appeared that the good people of Syria were holding their own (and maybe even a little more) the ruthless dictator who had kept them under his heel did the unconscionable: he (purportedly) indiscriminately released a weapon of mass destruction (sarin gas) upon his own people to teach them a lesson.
Indignant over such an atrocity, our President threatened to rain our military might down upon Syria in a "humanitarian" gesture to prevent a repeat. What we were going to rain down upon, avoiding the good guys and hitting only the bad guys, or how this would prevent a repeat was never really explained.
Fortunately, at the eleventh hour, that esteemed humanitarian Vladimir Putin stepped in and diplomatically persuaded Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to give up his chemical arsenal thereby saving us from yet another Middle Eastern war (not to mention the Syrians and possibly the Russians).
Permit me a few observations--
...and a few conclusions:
Money and power (the terms are interchangeable) is what it's all about presently. And unless it's our butts on the line, we really have no business in Syria; with our own energy independence looming on the horizon, our economic need for the Middle East will be greatly reduced.
And our government certainly has no business sending our or our kids' butts over there to conduct the business we won't need to begin with.