Two Cents on Syria September 3, 2013Posted by geoff in News.
I personally have been keeping a policy of not writing about Syria, since it has been covered ad nauseum all over the MSM and blogosphere, and because I haven’t followed it too closely so I’m kinda LIV on the topic. But a foolish consistency being the hobgoblin of little minds, I’ll break my silence and say this: No Blood for No Oil.
As part of a humanitarian relief expedition led by the UN, I would in principle be for intervening in Syria, though in practice I’m sure the UN would completely bungle things. But if we’re going it alone, I think somebody needs to sweeten the pot a little. And Syria’s only got two things worth anything to us.
Oil: But Syria only ranks 35th in oil reserves (Iraq ranked 5th). It just ain’t worth it.
Location: If we could get a nice fat military base in Syria, though, I might be convinced. Especially since Obama The Wonder Diplomat managed to fritter away our chance to get one in Iraq.
Of course, that’s not the way the President thinks. Strategic geopolitical positioning is not part of his foreign policy because his foreign policy consists only of trying to look good.
And that sort of foreign policy is only viable so long as nobody figures it out.
Question: Let’s say that we’re certain that Assad gassed all those people. With the international scrutiny and threat of an invasion, do you think he’d do it again? If not, is the point of this expedition punitive or humanitarian?