I have avoided writing about Syria for the last week. I can’t wait any longer. I am adamantly against military involvement there. No boots. No planes. No missiles.
There are a few reasons, but the only one that really counts is Fox’s first rule of war: Never fight unless you’re ready to fight unconditionally–and we are not. That type of fight only comes from the kind of provocation we had in World War II and haven’t had since.
You can’t pull your punches or try and fight a limited war successfully. We have shown this time and again. Can’t we learn from all our mistakes?
If we still had a draft there’s no way this would be happening. Right now our army comes from a small sliver of our population. I personally know no family with an active duty soldier.
What Assad has done to his people is reprehensible, but we can no longer be the world’s police force. It has won us few friends, made plenty of enemies and cost us many lives and much treasure.
I hope cooler heads prevail. Probably not.