The statesmanlike case for voting Yes on the congressional resolution to use force against the Assad regime has been made widely and well by conservative foreign policy thinkers. At the end, the case boils down to this: As a policy matter, a Yes vote may be problematic in all kinds of ways. But a No vote would likely be disastrous for the nation in very clear ways. Statesmanship requires choosing the problematic over the disastrous. It’s true that Republicans on the Hill lack confidence in President Obama’s execution of the military action they are being asked to vote to authorize.
Comments: Kristol was one of the clowns who told us the Arab Spring was awesome.
Actions like this depend upon the trust of the American people in their president in that over his term he has shown that he can be trusted to do what is in the best interest of the country.
This president has proven to be a shameless liar on every front using the ignorance of the people to hoodwink them into a leftist agenda proven throughout recent history to be damaging to the country and hiding behind his skin color.
It matters not whether a liar is black or white. He is not deserving of our trust whether the decision proves to be right or wrong.
I am sorry, but Bill Kristol (and everyone else) has failed to make the case that a "Yes" vote will be any less disastrous for the nation than a "No" vote. To me it seems like there is a significant chance that a "Yes" vote will be significantly more disastrous for this nation than a "No" vote AND I see no reason to believe that the best case scenario result from a "Yes" vote (let alone the most likely scenario) is any better for the country than the most likely scenario from a "No" vote.
No. Following this lazy, incompetent, self-regarding Commander in Chief as he commandeers "his" military into WWIII on the side of Al Qaida, all because he can´t think and chew gum at the same time would be dereliction of Congressional duty.
It´s too late to worry about whether the world respects him -- or us. He´s a serial liar, and we elected him twice. Our first priority as a nation has to be to survive until we can send him packing.
Barack spent 800 million dollars to bomb Libya, and kill Khadaffi, because Khadaffi was being mean to his people. How did that work out? What is the expected outcome of firing some missiles at Syria?? Hillary said Assad was a reformer.
If Mr. Kristol is right, statesmanship is about to start WWIII. Is this really the hill you are prepared to die on, Bill, or more succinctly, is this the hill you are willing to offer up our young men and women to die on? We have lost enough men and women to decisions that are ill conceived by people who never see combat nor do any of their children.
The ONLY reason Obama wants the Pubbies on board is to have some one to blame when this fiasco waiting to happen does happen. A yes vote indicates to voters they really don´t matter. A yes vote says we, the so-called representatives of the people, chose to support Al Queda with our military, and damn the consequences. Supporting Al Queda, which has publicly declared war on America, the Great Satan, is nothing less than treasonous, and all who vote for it are traitors. And in all fairness to Obama, he did say he would come down on the side of the Muslims. He didn´t say that our military (nor "your" military) would help them.
I agree with the OP. He is not only a clown he is the King of the Establishment Republican Clowns. FTA:"So Republicans will have to resist the temptation to weaken him when the cost is weakening the country. A party that for at least two generations has held high the banner of American leadership and strength should not cast a vote that obviously risks a damaging erosion of this country’s stature and credibility abroad" Really Bill? Our stature and credibility abroad has been damaged almost beyond repair since this regime took office. This article is 937 words of crap proving just how out of touch the Republican Elite really are with conservative voters. Where were we two years ago when the Syrian uprising had Assad on his heals? I´ll tell you Bill, the regime was waiting until they had run enough weapons through Benghazi to supply the Brotherhood (or as Kerry refers to them "the moderate rebels"). FTA:"But at the end of the day, Republican primary voters are a pretty hawkish bunch." This sentence alone shows what a clown he is, has he not read of the huge numbers of calls coming into Congress ´melting´ the phone lines and countless emails. There is no strategic reason for us to be involved in the internal dispute of another country; especially when it will most certainty start a much larger conflict destabilize the entire Middle-East. It´s the likes of you and Tokyo Rove that has fractured the party, shutting out the Tea Party and allowing a second term for 0bama.
Muddle-headed, disappointing and alarming. One has a right to expect people like Kristol to exhibit better judgment than this. There is simply no plausible argument, here or elsewhere, that it is in the national interest of the U.S. to become unilaterally overtly involved in a foreign civil war between distasteful and anti-Western peoples. Kristol is actually using the effeminate "what will the world think of us" argument the Leftists invariably use. The only case being made for a U.S. attack on Syria is as a PR stunt. We should know by know that air power and missile strikes alone can never defeat or deter a significant, determined and well-armed adversary. It is a classic case of Clausewitz´ "reciprocals of force in warfare," even though in modern times the reciprocals are often asymmetric and therefore harder to deal with. If we hit a militarily inferior opponent without destroying their ability to resist, they will hit back somehow, using whatever means are within their power. The surest way to ensure a nerve gas attack on the U.S. is to attack but not utterly defeat an opponent armed with nerve gas. An attack upon Syria will energize and unify all violent Muslims at home and abroad and is certain to lead to reprisals everywhere.
Unless "the world" is willing to combine and work together to address the use of chemical agents in Syria, the U.S. should remain prudently aside and watch and wait for further developments. To barge into this mess like the proverbial bull in the china shop in the expectation of proving or showing something to enemies of the U.S. is an act of consummate folly. I am very disappointed in Bill Kristol and people of his caliber for supporting such dangerous and utterly unnecessary action.
I´m still waiting for a smart Republican: Ensure the resolution fails due to overwhelming Democrat opposition. Split Obama from Democrats in Congress, force him to act unilaterally against his base´s wishes, and avoid putting any Republican fingerprints on Obama´s mess. All it would take is this: Have George W. Bush publicly endorse this war and explicitly invoke the Iraq precedent. Democrats oppose anything Bush does and would vote Obama´s resolution down in nothing flat.
The intellectual crew does not get the basic revulsion the right has with a strategy consisting of "bomb something until they stop mocking me."
Any idiot knows that if we wanted to take Assad out, he could begone within 24 hours - maybe to a hidy-hole first - but elimination is easy.
Our point of the lance is sharp and deadly. Our President doesn´t know how to wield the lance. We have watched for over a decade as our military has been asked to sacrifice and deal with ROE that promise prolonged conflict and American casualties while politicians have an end game of just bugging out and leaving billions of arms in the hands of enemies.
There are some in Washington, DC who have been sitting behind a desk all their lives who always vote for war anytime they get the chance. Of course you would never find those people, or their offspring, anyplace near any real battlefield.
This is NOT about the credibility of incredulous politicians. Bill Kristol has been inside the Beltway too long. He thinks everything is about politics. But in the real world real things happen and real people die. A yes vote means that Obama will poke Syria militarily. For that, there will be consequences that Kristol and Obama, who are purely political animals, do not understand.
I have no time for the problematic disastrous sophistry of Bill Kristol, or the vanities of Obama or Kerry. The democrats have drained our treasury and hallowed out our military. Now they want to use both for a fool´s errand in Syria.
I think I would be for a military strike IF: We completely wiped out the dictator Assad AND all the radical islamists. BUT, I have learned over the last 12 years that politicians will never again let us WIN a war. It is always micromanaged with ridiculous rules of engagement and politically correct cultural touch-feely nonsense.
"Kill the bad guys" should be our mantra, but if we did that, there would probably be nobody left in the Middle East.
Unfortunately, most politicians and inside the beltway types are more concerned with who can be blamed (or getting re-elected) than they are in doing what is in the best interests of our country. This is usually how the libs work but should not be the mantra of conservatives.
There is no credible claim of an improvement in the situation that will be achieved by a limited military strike. It is likely that the rebels are worse than Assad.
We have two evil groups killing each other, neither are our friends - the best thing to do is stand clear and assist innocents to exit the combat zone. As evil men kill each other, good is done. Sun Tzu wrote several thousand years ago: "Never interfere with the enemy when he is destroying himself."
Obama is a childish narcissist that is angry that he has been disrespected. He deserves no respect, and gets it.
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