If you can convince me that President Obama’s policy on Syria makes sense and is guided by anything more than emotion and random thoughts, I’ll buy you this:
Nice right? You like it, right?
It’s a 2013 Porsche Boxster S convertible. Now, I realize it’s not American made, but you’ll take it, won’t you?
But, sorry, the odds are really stacked against you, because the president’s Syria policy makes no sense. Let’s count the ways it makes no sense. I count to 11.
1. We are aiding the rebels now that they are losing, instead of when they might have won. Go figyah!
2. We waited until more than 90,000 people died before finally sending more than fruit baskets to the opposition.
3. We may well be a dollar short and a day late – the Syrian army and Hezbollah are on the move and looking like winners.
4. Even if we can save them, we are giving the rebels just enough arms so that the slaughter can continue, but not enough for them to win.
5. Maybe we’re just trying to equalize the situation on the ground to give the rebels leverage at the “negotiations” that are supposed to occur. But why are we so stupid as to think that Assad will give up power before the rebels are knocking on the window of his palace and waving hello? Does Secretary of State Kerry think the Islamists are going to let Assad retire to a villa on the coast of Lebanon?
6. It may take weeks to get the rebels the weapons. They need them yesterday.
7. The White House hasn’t identified who exactly we’re giving the weapons to or how we’re going to keep them out of the hands of the people we don’t want to give them to.
8. The White House has no plan that anyone knows of for an end game. What happens if the rebels win? How do we ensure the correct people are in power?
9. The White House has not explained why at this point it would be better for the rebels to win than for Assad to stay in power. What type of people will be in control over his vast chemical weapons stockpile once Islamists are running the country? What’s to stop them from giving WMD to the next incarnation of the Tsarnaev brothers? At least Assad is the devil we know.
10. How do we know fewer people will die going forward if the rebels win? What’s to stop them from cutting off the head of every Alawite in Syria?
11. Now that we are in a proxy war against Hezbollah, how do we know Hezbollah won’t start to strike U.S. targets here or abroad in return?
So go ahead, defend Obama’s policy. The man makes Neville Chamberlain look like a strategic genius.
Or maybe I’m missing something. And you’ll get a car!