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Sad to say, but Mitt Romney is wrong with his position regarding Syria and wanting to arm the "rebels."
Mitt Romney declared today the U.S. must join other nations in helping arm Syrian rebels to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, casting President Barack Obama’s efforts as weak and part of a broader lack of leadership in the Middle East and around the globe.
Hoping to bolster his own foreign policy credentials, the Republican presidential challenger said he would identify and organize those in the Syrian opposition who share American values, then work with American allies to "ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters and fighter jets."If you haven't read this, you might want to... and Mitt Romney should:
The U.S. has very few "friends" in the Middle East. The U.S. has some "allies of convenience." Arming the Syrian "rebels" is simply shifting power from one U.S. antagonist to another. So, why waste the money? Especially when the outcome is likely to be an expansion of the religious fanaticism of the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda which will consolidate and coordinate anti-U.S. efforts.
Nothing has changed to change my mind on this subject since this was written:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
So, what is the answer? Simple... let Assad's forces and the so-called "rebels" slug it out and, hopefully, leave the "winner" licking its wounds and relatively toothless. This is exactly what the U.S. should have done with regard to Saddam Hussein and Iran... let them continue to face off and nullify each other. Sure, Syrians are committing national suicide and many innocent people will be killed. Of course, many of those supposedly innocent people were probably cheering along with their Palestinian buddies when the "twin towers" came down on September 11, 2001. So let's not get all ditzy "humanitarian" with our sentiments and think we are doing the "right thing." The "right thing" is to stand back and watch the smoke and dust keep rising. We have no overriding national interest in which one of our antagonists rules in Syria... frying pan or fire.
It is in our national interest to keep all Islamist groups in disarray. In the case of Syria and Assad, the U.S. is probably better off with "the devil we know." He is driven by power, not religious fanaticism. It is easier to deal with power seekers.
Let's face it, the U.S. government is no better at picking Middle East "winners" than it is at picking "alternative energy winners." Not with amateurs Obama and Clinton at the helm. President Obama has made a serious mistake supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He is making another serious mistake supporting the so-called "rebels" in Syria.
Now would be a good time for Mitt Romney to re-think his version of U.S. strategy in the Middle East... not expand on Obama's. If the U.S. wants to support rebellion, Iran's theocracy should be the target, not Syria... and the U.S. should strongly consider eliminating any aid to Egypt as long as Sharia-Islamists are in power. It's time to look at the BIGGER PICTURE... and see the NEW TYRANNIES. They are not new "friends."