by: the Common Constitutionalist
“We have to do something!” regarding Syria. That’s the clarion call of both the right and left. It’s actually the call of the progressives for I hear few if any constitutional conservatives calling for action.
It’s like saying we have to do something to put out a wildfire and then throwing gasoline on it. That’s doing something, is it not?
Yet virtually every politician and pundit I see or hear insists we have to help. We can’t just stand by and do nothing. Assad has clearly crossed the “red line” with chemical weapon attacks and must be dealt with.
However, I personally have seen or heard no evidence that Assad is the one ordering the chemical attacks. Everyone is just assuming it must be his regime. It most likely is but if the Al Qaeda “rebels” had them, they would surely use them and blame Assad knowing the West would fall right in line. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to find that Al Qaeda were the ones firing on the UN inspectors.
As an aside: I wonder where Assad got his WMDs? If you recall, during the run-up to the Iraq war, there were reports of Russian convoys leaving Iraq headed for Syria/Lebanon. Reports were that the trucks were loaded with WMDs and were eventually hidden in the Bakaa Valley, Lebanon that borders Syria. Could these be the weapons that Assad used? Just something to ponder.
Meanwhile, many in our government and the media are beating the drums of war – or at least a hefty American response, for progressives believe we are indeed the world’s police force.
Just as they think we can continue to spend money we don’t have domestically, they give no thought to involving us in every international conflict.
The American people aren’t as keen to involve the U.S. as say John McCain or Lindsey Graham. According to a Reuters poll, 60% of Americans polled want nothing to do with the attack on Syria, or any involvement whatsoever. 9% were in favor. I’m no fan of Reuters but I tend to believe this.
One poll respondent, a former military officer said: “the United States has become too much of the world’s policemen and we have become involved in too many places that should be a United Nations realm, not ours.”
Monday afternoon Sean Hannity weighed in on the subject. He said it would be like sitting back and watching thugs mug an old lady. He asked, “Would you just do nothing?”
I gotta tell ya. Hannity has all but lost me. It’s bad enough that he gives the likes of Karl Rove a platform on his show, but equating a mugging to this is a specious argument. One has nothing to do with the other.
When we get involved in these conflicts it inevitably ends up worse. Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and now Syria. They are all now or will be worse off than before we “did something”.
Is this what Ben Franklin meant when he stated: “Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.” Or John Adams prescient statement of the arrogance of power: “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.”
Will we ever learn through conflict after conflict to just butt out?
I feel for the innocents in all the Middle East. Their lives revolve around one tragedy after another. But we as a nation must adhere to the Constitution. That document is, as were the founders, very specific about matters of war.
George Washington adamantly stated: “The Constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”
If something is to be done, let Congress deliberate and authorize it, not President Cruise Missile.
As evil a human being as Assad is, just like Egypt and Libya, if he falls things will be much worse.
After that – watch for Iraq and Lebanon – they’re next.