I was in the car listening to Anderson Cooper talk about the horrors of Syria going on right now. He asked the question: "why did it take the threat of chemical weapons for us to get involved?" Well Mr. Cooper I have a few things to say to that comment. To start off with: do you REALLY want us to get involved in yet another conflict in the Middle East? I guess it helps make you money off the news profits doesn't it?
So with that question I think I answered why nobody has done anything. I think that maybe Mr. Cooper would be happy with a Clintonesque respone from Obama. Launch a couple missles and call it a day. Here is the problem...that doesn't work. We end up killing civillians and the whole world hates us. People cry about how "America is always getting involved where it doesn't belong." So the only TRUE answer to stopping the violence is to get boots on the ground. Even then you still kill civllians, but it helps to have a Humvee with mounted LMGs/.50s parked on every corner. You also lose your own men in the process. You may not lose huge numbers, but your men still get attacked by IEDs. They get hit with rockets and mortars. Snipers shoot at them. People die. And then the question is do you SOLVE the issue? Or do you create MORE chaos? Do the people just reduce their attacks and wait for you to leave? Western civilization has proved that we have no patience or stomach for long drawn out conflict.
So NOW the another question: who is going to get involved in this conflict to stop the violence? Certainly not American troops in election season right? Besides we are already involved in Afghanistan and we JUST got out of Iraq. What kind of backlash does that present to our own people? Of course we always hear from our "friends" across the sea about how our involvement causes problems. How we create more violence than we solve. Of course when we DON'T get involved what happens? We get blamed for not helping.
So Do we expect the Europeans to get involved? Is there any foreign Western power that could help? That has the STANDING ARMY to put boots on the ground and assist? Maybe Sweeden? Finland? Norway? Denmark? France? Germany? Russia? Does anyone see these nations taking the forefront? Maybe Belgium or the Dutch? Canada? If they want to take the LEAD I support them. I will support them like they support us. But does anyone truly have the military ability to do what is needed to "solve" the problem? I think the only current nation with true occupational experience is...China? LOL!!! I could see them helping out.
Anyway now I post the question: Do you think we should get involved?