Obama and some Establishment Republicans support military involvement in Syria. Why? Is America under attack? Is one of our allies in imminent danger? Will it advance any just national interest? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding “No!”
Newt Gingrich summarizes the argument: “Both sides in Syria 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…. There is no victory to be had there.”
If we topple Assad, who will assume power?
According to Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, it might well be our enemy. Husain asserts: “The Syrian opposition is not a government in waiting. It is too fragmented ideologically, overwrought by al Qaeda affiliates, deeply anti-American, and dominated by suburban fighters with little control of major cities, mercenaries who are not committed to peaceful coexistence with Syria's religious Christians, nor its Jewish neighbor. Syria after al Assad will be worse.”
And General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned: "We have learned from the past 10 years...that it is not enough to simply alter the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is necessary in order to preserve a functioning state. We must anticipate and be prepared for the unintended consequences of our action. Should the regime's institutions collapse in the absence of a viable opposition, we could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control."
On his Facebook page, Colonel Allen West posted: “It seems the tagline to be used is 'degrade Assad and upgrade the resistance.' I hate to be the one to ruin the party, but this administration did exactly that in Libya…. Now in Libya we have a proliferation of Islamist forces who are training terrorist insurgents to head to Syria, supported by the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda…. The opposition in Syria are Islamists supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and Al Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Recent history and common sense tell us that if Assad is toppled, the Islamist terrorists within the rebel group will be the ones to fill the void. Is it logical to spend American tax dollars and waste American lives to empower our enemies?