All war is ugly.
Chemical weapons are a crime against humanity.
However, President Obama has mismanaged this situation and is on the way to making it worse.
I just watched CNN's State of the Union - as well as Kerry on "Meet The Press". Later, I will catch a repeat of FoxNewsSunday.
But so far several things really bother me.
First is SecState Kerry and others such as Rep Eliot Engel, D-NY trying to drive support by talking about Syrian children who have been gassed. Do not try to manipulate me this way. I care about those children, but no more or less than the children Assad has killed with bullets and bombs. I also care about those who have been orphaned and displaced. How about the children killed by rebel forces? Don't tell me the answer is to bomb and kill more Syrian children.
Oh and when Kerry makes his passionate statements in front of this picture
"The Aftermath of Saddam" in 2003.
Then there is the "we must back Obama now that he has committed" argument. I find this best exemplified by former diplomat and current JFK School professor R. Nicholas Burns (a guy who I have agreed with on some things in the past).
"The congress has to vote in favor of this resolution or else the credibility of the United States as a global power in the Middle East is going to be vastly reduced."
Yeah, no. Saying Congress must blindly follow whatever nonsense and poor foreign policy POTUS comes up with is bullshit.
And when some talking head tells you that it's a crime against humanity - and it is - so the US must handle it. Remind them that's what the UN and other world bodies are for. If this was sooooo important, where was Obama's Ambassador to the United Nations when it was brought up? Oh, yeah, Samantha Power was vacationing in Ireland.
Well then, they'll say it's a US national interest. Really? Please define it. Syria can gas every last Syrian and it will not effect the US as a nation. So absent a vital national security interest, the answer is in Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the US Constitution. One would think someone who has referred to himself as a "constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago Law School" would understand that.
Meet The Press had a segment on the horrors of refugee camps. I've never seen a nice one and the UN says this is a huge crisis. OK, I'm with you there. I want to help there. No one is going to argue that. Send aid. We're good at that. But don't blow smoke and tell me that bombing strategic targets in Syria is going to make any difference in refugee camps. These camps were there before the chemical attacks. Syrians are fleeing the fighting overall.
Finally, people will tell you President Obama "wants to send a message". Ok, I understand "gunboat diplomacy". Currently we have USS Gravely DDG107, USS Barry DDG52, USS Mahan DDG72, USS Ramage DDG61, and USS San Antonio LPD-17 in the Med. USS Stout DDG55 is heading over to relieve the Barry. So tell me, if DDGs deliver Tomahawks and LPD deliver US Marines.......what is your message?