So we’re not putting out troops into Syria, Obama said last night. But we might begin a long and grueling effort to find, secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. During a civil war. Where both sides are the bad guys.
So I ask you, are we going to put the weapons inspectors through SEAL Team 6 boot camp and arm them to the teeth so they can defend themselves? No.
Large numbers of troops would be required to ensure protection of the inspectors, according to the New York Times. Who is going to do this, the Republic of Chad? Paraguay? No, this is our ballgame. We insisted on confronting Assad over his weapons. We are going to make up at least part of any force that gets introduced. And there will be casualties, because guess who’s in town? Al Qaeda, which is part of the rebel force.
I’m sorry, I’m going too far, because I’m assuming that this whole jackass enterprise is serious. Of course, it’s not. It’s not feasible – it would take years, and Syria’s not going to turn over everything anyway. It’s a stalling tactic, legitimized by the idiocy of Secretary of State John Kerry, who suggested it off the top of his head.
The point is, though, that Obama is at least paying lip service to an idea that, if it ever could work, would probably force U.S. soldiers to get themselves stuck in what has become the world’s most fragrant pile of compost. And that’s something he said he wouldn’t do.