As the attention of the nation turns from a tattered economy to preparing for another war, President Obama has transformed himself into a salesman of sorts. Those who have been following the news know that Syria is the next intended target for humanitarian intervention. While it bares repeating that only 9 percent of Americans support an intervention, the push is under way regardless. This particular moment feels similar to the time in late 2002 when the war drums were beating for the second Iraqi conflict.
In spite of the war weary sentiment of the vast majority of the American people at this moment, the push for war continues. The Congressional Black Caucus setting a craven example, even discouraged its members from discussing this conflict. Unfortunately, some elected officials are more concerned with sparing President Obama shame than asking thorough questions about why this situation requires a response. Well, at least their political priorities are in order.
Many have a healthy distrust of the stated foreign policy goals of the United States in many conflicts. A mistrust, that quite frankly is totally warranted. After all, it was only a decade ago that President Bush took the U.S. to war over non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Are we really to believe that the only reason that the U.S. wants to attack Syria is to defend the Syrian people from the Assad regime? Why jump into a civil war? Especially when the goals and stated reasons on the face of it are highly questionable. Besides, with everything going on here,why drain needed resources from domestic concerns? The old adage that “war is good for the economy” is no longer true. The conflict in Afghanistan has dragged on for 12 years, and look how wonderful our economy is doing. While an attack on Syria would be great for Raytheon, it would not be so good for the rest of the economy. But, all of this is sure to fall on the deaf ears of the vast majority of elected officials with a national platform.
As President Obama prepares to make a speech to the American people on Tuesday, of course using the eve of 9/11 as a back drop, we are sure to here more sophisticated lies and conjecture. This will take a predictable path, as the course of action it seems has already been decided.
Marc W. Polite
Says No To War in Syria