The news that Russia warns the U.S. not to launch cruise missiles at Syria and the news that McDonald’s is launching its new McDonald’s wings as “Mighty Wings” have more in common for international readers than one might think. Whether it comes to missiles or food, is the United States thinking too “mighty?” McDonald's wings, which are being launched as bony chicken wings by McDonald’s as “Mighty Wings” on its menu on Sept. 9, are scheduled to be across the Unites States by Sept. 24, and planned to be around through November, according to an Aug. 26, 2013, Bloomberg report.
Scheduled, or at least prepared, is also a cruise missile attack by the United States against Syria. As of now, a U.S. cruise missile Syria attack in response to Syria’s 4,000 chemical weapons victims is just waiting for President Obama’s green light. According to a U.S. official, the United States has now four destroyers equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles in the Mediterranean Sea: the USS Gravely, the USS Barry, the USS Mahan and the USS Ramage.
“The secretary of State says evidence of a Syrian gas attack is undeniable, and his tone suggests Obama is nearing a decision on military action,” reports the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 26, 2013.
While much of the mass media is reporting that “evidence of a Syrian gas attack is undeniable” and that the United States is ready to take military action, is it noticeable that many media headlines leave out why countries like China, Russia, and Iran are warning the U.S. not to take military action.
While there is little doubt about a chemical weapons attack on 4,ooo Syrians, it is not conclusive who launched the attack. Was it the Syrian government under Syrian president Bashar al-Assad or was it an attack by Syrian rebels?
Until that question is answered, Russia warns the U.S. not to take military action since any military intervention in Syria without a UN Security Council resolution would have “catastrophic consequences.”
But will the U.S. listen to Russia’s warning or will it launch a military action against Syria before a UN Security Council resolution can be made?
From an international perspective and looking at McDonald’s launch of “Mighty Wings,” there is every reason for the rest of the world to be concerned. The United States likes to be “mighty” whether it comes to international affairs or food.
Also from an international perspective, as little as the U.S. needs another military intervention in the Middle East, as little does it need “Mighty Wings.”
According to Bloomberg’s report, “Thompson, who became CEO in July 2012, has been overhauling McDonald’s menu to boost sales in its home market, where it has about 14,100 locations.”
However, according to an Atlantic Wire report, “Chicken Wings Are Pandora's Box of Fast Food Horrors” and “Back in 2000, Mighty Wings were tested in Virginia and the three words you need to know: Fried Chicken Head.”
Like health officials and many other health-conscious consumers will consider the new McDonald's wings a “Pandora’s Box of Fast Food Horror” and warn about eating “too mighty,” Russia is warning the U.S. about acting “too mighty” in regard to Syria.
When asked what would happen if Washington did not listen to Russia’s warning but decided to strike or invade Syria, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told the Russian newspaper Izvestia Daily that “failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day.”
Whether it comes to food or military action, thinking too “mighty” might have “catastrophic consequences.”