Gingrich: Attacking Syria Is Just 'Feel-Good Emotionalism'

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 07:19 PM

By Greg Richter

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees no strategy behind a missile attack on Syria, calling it nothing more than "feel-good emotionalism."

Pressure has mounted on President Barack Obama to take action after video was seen worldwide last week of a purported poison gas attack on Syrian civilians. The attack was confirmed by Secretary of State John Kerry, making it the second time the Syrian government has crossed a "red line" drawn by President Barack Obama in August, 2012.

But Gingrich told CNN Tuesday that the United States should be more worried about Iran's nuclear weapons program.

"We've now spent several years chasing after Libya, chasing after Egypt – now we're going to chase after Syria," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room." "None of them are mortal threats to the United States, but an Iranian nuclear weapon is."

The United States has no strategy past firing off a few sea-based missiles, Gingrich said.

"And then what?" he asked, noting that the attack will not eliminate any of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. And the action might anger the Russians, who might then increase their aid to Syria.

"There's no policy, there's no strategy behind this kind of feel-good emotionalism," Gingrich said. "And yes, we have a lot of power, but using it blindly, I think, is not a good idea."

Asked whether the United States should just continue to allow children to be killed with gas, Gingrich answered that up to 300,000 Chechens were killed by Russia between 1999 and 2007, but the U.S. took no action.

"I think it's very selective morality to say this is the one we're going to work on because this is this week's headline."

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