The citizens of the United States, while arguably a
politically divided nation as to the policy of the Obama administration stand in
majority agreement as to foreign war. They no longer wish to participate in the
policing of the world at the expense of all Americans.
Tragic as the Syrian conflict may be, to many if not most
non-Syrian Americans, the distant war drum amplified by the international press
falls on deaf ears.
Broken by the Iraq
and Afghanistan war and a pro-longed recession that’s left much of America
living at or near the poverty line, millions of Americans no longer support the deployment of U.S. troops to foreign shores in the name of democracy.
Obama’s awareness of public sentiment goes well beyond
budgetary restraint. Behind the scenes is a chess master that must calculate
his next move as to political agenda. On the game board is a heated Korean
conflict, an Iran that will not limit its nuclear fuel production and a
run-away federal budget that has hit the wall of a bi-partisan penned
sequestration. All highly publicized
For a president standing on the firing line of growing
public discontent, Syria is a painful distraction.
Last week as noted here, President Obama’s public
satisfaction rating dropped below 48%. A
low mark shared by a post Iraq war George W. Bush. While the president claims a disinterest in
public polling, he does require constituency driven Congressional support to
move his administration’s agenda.
To date the Obama Administration has appropriated with the
approval of Congress, no less than $350,000,000 in weapons and supply’s to the
Syrian Rebel faction. This passive U.S. arms support is extended toward the
overthrow of the Assad government.
According to the
Obama administration, the Rebel faction represents the” will of the people.” The administration is now voicing concern as
to the “wrong faction” taking control in Syria, as opposition leadership takes
leave prior to what the administration has labeled as Assad’s inevitable
Once again the United States lead effort to promote
democracy in the region is promoted at the cost of domestic welfare.
According to the United Nations: 70,000 or more Syrian civilians; military and
Rebel militants have died to date, with no end in sight to a Rebel incursion
that has escalated into full blown civil war.
The cause and effect of this 24 month uprising is a tribal,
religion based distrust that has fractured the region for generations, and a
minority party ruler that adamantly states that he’s not leaving. Syria’s President
Assad has the support of much of the Arab world.
Without the financial and arms support of Iran; Saudi Arabia;
Russia; Turkey and the U.S., the war in Syria could not continue! As with most
war, special interest and political favor fuels the conflict.
The industrial war machine reaps the profit as the people
die. Nothing new here! Proponents of
democracy state that a price must be paid for freedom. That in all righteous
revolutions some must make the ultimate sacrifice. The United Nations counts 27,000 civilians as
casualties in the Syrian conflict. With homes and family destroyed by a war
that they did not instigate. Few could argue that these lost souls have
benefited from the attempted Rebel lead transition to Democracy in Syria,
If that in-fact is what’s going on there. Is this the expulsion of a minority party
leader by a majority tribal faction? Or is the Federal United States and its
corporate partners stepping in to protect and promote U.S. financial and
resource interests in the region?
Some strategist may argue that Syria is the optimal launch
base location for protecting the U.S. and Israel from neighboring Iran.
In recent months the Turkish government limited U.S. military operations
from their NATO based location, while Pakistan has kicked the U.S. military air
opps out of the country. From a strategic standpoint the United States needs
Syria, thus supports the Rebel faction in an attempt to control Iran airspace through
As to political dogma: In a corner of the world where
kingdoms, principalities and nomadic tribalism is the rule, U.S. style
Democracy is rarely if ever successfully practiced. One can look to the Arab
Spring, Iran and the Egyptian aftermath as a strong indicator as to the
effective implementation of democratic rule in the region. It’s a harsh reality
for those that chose to implement it.
Perhaps President Obama is coming to the realization that
democracy rule as practiced in the United States, may be a very expensive long
shot for Syria and the surrounding region. Or, he may be playing puppet master
with the American people; the Congress; Assad, and the Rebel faction.
Sunday, following the news of Obama’s acknowledgement of the
legitimacy of the State of Israel, the international press announced to the
world that U.S. intelligence (C.I.A.) had determined that it was most unlikely
that Syria’s regime, or Rebel forces were utilizing weapons grade gas against the general population.
On Tuesday 26, it was leaked by the international press that
opposition leadership had fractured with the stepping down of key figures in
the Rebel faction.
Last week, Obama had beat the war drums as to “crossing the
red line,” in reference to the use of gas by Assad or Rebel forces. “The use of
such weapons would constitute “a game changer,” said the president. However, details as to repercussions through
possible U.S. military deployment was not forthcoming from the president, as
the administration stressed the need for facts.
In this case, while the president has demonstrated cautious
reserve as to intervening in yet another unwinnable Near East region war, a
certain politician on Capitol Hill has called for direct U.S. military
deployment to the region. In response to what Mike Rogers R-Mich., states as
“at least a high probability as to the use of poison gas” in the Syrian war,
Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has also called for action.
Feinstein believes that waiting to engage will ultimately
result in more death, and is pressing for the deployment of U.S. forces to the
region. This despite the emotional and financial cost to millions of Americans
that are only now slowly recovering from a prolonged recession, left in the
wake of an international monetary meltdown and two long foreign wars that to
date has cost America $ trillions, life and sustainable prosperity.
Let the president and Congress know what you think of U.S.
funded, military involvement in Syria.
Raymond Max all rights reserved.