While the Obama administration has real and continuing problems with using our military power in the interests of the United States, it evidently has no problem with turning our military into mercenaries acting at the beck and call of some of the most repressive regimes in the Middle East.
During a hearing last Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry coolly announced that Arab countries have offered to pay the entire cost of the effort to unseat Syria’s current tyrant Bashar al-Assad if the United States agrees to take all the risks.
“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” the Washington Post quoted Kerry as saying. “They have. That offer is on the table.”
Well that’s one way to beat the sequester!
But Kerry has a strange way of interpreting “costs.” Maybe it comes from marrying a rich widow, but there is more to “cost” than money. The men flying the jets and filling the boots on the ground personally have a much greater chance of bearing the real “cost” of the operation than the sheik signing the checks.
The fact someone else is willing to foot part of the bill for an operation doesn’t mean the mission makes sense for the United States. As more than one commentator has asked: How exactly will blowing up even more Syrians help Syria? And what assurance do we have that the military will be blowing up the right Syrians?
While Obama has been doing the hesitation hokey pokey with regard to this mission (“You put your jet plane in, you take you jet plane out, you put your jet plane in and you bomb it all about.”) Assad has had plenty of time to move equipment, arms, and personnel out of potential target areas.
If Obama simply wants to knock down vacant buildings he can start with Detroit.
If the situation in Syria is so dangerous for the region, why isn’t the Arab League calling for intervention? Why aren’t Obama’s good friends in Turkey mobilizing their military to meet a threat much closer to them than it is to us? And for that matter, what about Egypt? They need an outside enemy to take the mob’s mind off the multi-government’s failures. Wouldn’t Assad do nicely?
If the Obama administration is seriously thinking about making the Pentagon just the newest entry in the "For Sale" or "Personal Services" section of Craigslist, then the president shouldn’t be surprised with the Nobel Committee asks for their Peace Prize back.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and Chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.