What To Do About
Colonel Donald J. Myers USMC (Ret)
The civil war in
Now, the Syrians have apparently used chemical weapons again and approximately 1000 civilians have been killed. The mythical red line has really been crossed again and this time the
It is fascinating listening to various pundits give their opinions of what we should do. Retired military personnel have stated that we have the ability to take out the various airfields, fuel storage depots, command centers, and aircraft while using standoff weapons. That would possibly be the death knell of the current Syrian government. Others state that we could merely launch numerous cruise missiles as a signal of our desire to punish the Syrian government for crossing the red line as outlined by president Obama. Others state that we should do nothing.
What is our strategic interest in this affair? We have remained on the sidelines for over two years as this civil war raged. We also remained silent while tens of thousands were killed in countries in
The point is that President Obama issued what is an ultimatum when he warned the Syrians about crossing a red line by using chemical weapons. If we act, what will follow? There is no doubt that the rest of the world is watching to see what we will do. Up to this point, we have done nothing but talk and many of our potential enemies have seen that as a weakness.
continues to move in the direction of becoming a nuclear power. Iran continues to rattle its sabers. It is obvious that they do not fear or respect our government and believe that there will be no consequences for ignoring any type of warning from the North Korea . USA
Firing a few cruise missiles into
is a weak action and will have no effect on the Syrian government. Taking out the Syrian ability to wage war could cause the rebels to win the war and result in an enemy of the Syria having the ownership of chemical weapons. Doing nothing merely convinces our potential enemies that the current leadership is not to be feared. United States
In my opinion, we have no strategic interest in
Donald J. Myers a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a regular columnist for Hernando Today. He lives in Spring Hill and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.