There are way too many things that could go wrong with the United States Government’s latest attempt of being a cop of the world. Here are just a few in no particular order:
1. We’ve already given the Syrian government way too much time to prepare for our inevitable strikes.
Even if you forget the moral and political implications of what we are about to do, from a strategic perspective we shouldn’t have given them a head start. It just makes things that much more difficult.
2. Russia could get involved.
OK so this may not be true, but just the very small possibility of this happening is worth thinking about. World War 3 will not be fun, especially if it starts from something like this. Russia has sent a couple of warships to the Mediterranean already so there does exist the possibility that something ridiculous could happen.
3. We could kill innocent civilians.
It has always my personal belief that no innocent civilian, particularly children, deserve to suffer and die for what their government did. Unfortunately the USG doesn’t see it the same way and has routinely ordered drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan which have killed a lot of civilians. I would highly recommend watching Jeremy Scahill’s tour de force ‘Dirty Wars’ if you don’t believe me. Or Google it even.
Need I say more?
5. The attack on Syria does not seem to have a point.
Obama (or Kerry speaking for Obama) has already said that the point is not to overthrow the regime or change the course of the conflict. So what is the point? They say to punish Syria for using chemical weapons but it seems very short sighted. What are we going to bomb them and sit back and watch everything turn to chaos? Doesn’t seem smart.
6. It may have been the rebels, and not the Syrian government, who used chemical weapons.
There are conflicting reports about this, but there is still a lot of ambiguity about who really used the chemical weapons. Until I see hard evidence of the Syrian governments usage of chemical weapons, I don’t believe them.
7. We could end up helping Al Qaeda
The main faction of the rebels is allied with Al Qaeda. Why on earth would we want to help them? Good question. I wish Obama would address this but he won’t, obviously.
So that’s it. Let me know what you think.