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Newt Gingrich: Attack on Syria 'Will Prove Nothing'

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 08:42 AM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says an American attack on Syria now "will prove nothing" and is urging President Barack Obama to reconsider a possible strike against Bashar al-Assad that could end up embroiling the U.S. in another war.

"A brief bombing campaign in Syria might make the United States and its allies feel like they are doing something, but it will prove nothing," the Georgia Republican wrote in an opinion piece Tuesday carried on CNN's website.

"We have already abstained from getting involved in the civil war for two years and have chosen not to respond to evidence (albeit less clear) of another chemical attack this year," he continued. "We have already concluded that as terrible as the civil war is, it cannot be our war. The bombing will not change this — and then what?"

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Gingrich, a presidential candidate in 2012 and now the host of CNN's "Crossfire," called the reports last week of Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons against his own citizens "deplorable and inhumane." But as bad as the reports are, he said the administration must think twice about injecting any military force in Syria, where both sides in the civil war are "bad."

"One side is a brutal dictator, and the other includes Islamists and terrorists who are dangerous already and who would be brutal in power if given the chance," he said, warning that the U.S. should not "spend the time, money and blood to create a desirable side in Syria.
"There is no victory to be had there," he declared.

Besides, Gingrich noted, "Syria is not the greatest threat in the Middle East to U.S. or world security." That distinction, he stressed, belongs to the Iranian regime, which he said "is working every day to get a nuclear weapon" that poses "a direct threat to Israel's survival and a long-term threat to America."

"The conflicts in Syria, Egypt and Libya are small threats compared with the disaster that could ensue and the lives that would be endangered if Iran succeeds in its drive for nuclear weapons," the former congressman said. "We should focus more on the truly big threat ahead of the headlines of the day — or we will be reading much worse headlines in the future.

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