The rebels in Syria have become every bit as brutal
as Assad’s forces. Before they overthrow Assad, they’re going to become Assad. No matter how brutal and extremist you think the war in Syria is, the one sure bet is that us bombing anybody isn’t going to make it any less brutal or extremist. In fact, if there was a recipe for creating extremism, it would definitely include the instruction “Just add American bombing.”
John Kerry told
the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he doesn’t believe that “a majority” of the Syrian rebel forces “are al-Qaeda and the bad guys.” Is that the new benchmark for whether or not we’re going to arm certain groups—that they have to be less than half Al Qaeda? Call me a nervous Nellie, but I’d like to see a standard where we insist that a group have zero connections to Al Qaeda before we start giving them weapons. I know that Bashar Assad is a bad guy, but I’m even more certain that Al Qaeda is a pretty nasty bunch. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to be convinced that Al Qaeda was involved in 9/11.
Odd, during the buildup to the Iraq War, George Bush had to convince people that Al Qaeda was involved in Iraq. In the buildup to war in Syria, Obama has to convince people that Al Qaeda is not involved in Syria. John Kerry told Congress that extremists make up only 15 to 25 percent
of the rebel forces. That’s probably about the number of Republicans who are Tea Party nuts, but it’s still enough to turn the entire Republican Party into a clown convention. As far as I’m concerned, even a little bit of Al Qaeda influence works in the same way that bad loans work in bundled mortgages—they end up spoiling the whole bunch.
John Kerry also says
that Arab countries have offered to pay the entire cost of deposing Bashar Assad if the US takes the lead militarily. He said “if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost.” The way we’ve done it other places? Who the hell looked at Iraq and said “Hey, I would pay America to do that again!” We can offer rich countries all kinds of deals on military intervention fiascos! Do you guys want the “Full Iraq,” the “Afghan Special,” or the classic oldie, the “Vietnam Quagmire”?
Finally, George Zimmerman has been pulled over for speeding
... again. You can hardly blame the guy—from everything that he has experienced, he must be convinced that none of the rules apply to him.
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