On Sept. 1, I saw Secretary of State John Kerry on five TV talk shows lobbying for an attack on Syria. He said “Syria had violated international norms,” and that the “credibility of the United States was at stake.” For me that was déjà vu all over again.
For those of you who have forgotten or who weren’t around then, let’s review.
Thirty-five-odd years ago, Navy Lt. j.g. Kerry went before Congress and accused U.S. forces of war crimes in Vietnam. The charges were baseless. Why would Kerry betray his oath and, more importantly, his “band of brothers”? He had an agenda: political office. He needed to get his face and name front and center with the voters. For a citizenry tired of the war and unfamiliar with the terms he used, it was a fairly easy sell and it worked. He received his 30 pieces of silver and later became a senator from the same great state that gave us Barney Frank and Ted Kennedy.
Fast-forward 35 years, and this incredible (look it up), characterless. facsimile of a man is the president’s point man on foreign policy and railing about “America’s credibility.” It’s like some Bizzaro-world comic book. If it weren’t so tragic, it would be comic.
We need to go slowly in Syria. If Syria violated international norms, let us have the international community deal with Syria. The last thing we need is to begin killing Syrians and then discover the opposition used chemical weapons to goad us into action. We are not even sure who all the protagonists are. We know al-Qaida, among others, is fighting against Bashar al-Assad, and Hezbollah, among others, supports Assad.
Can’t we mind our own business for once and not waste any American lives on Syria?