Americans are rightly a bit suspicious of Obama's pleading for war on Syria. All of us no matter what political orientation have reason to be very suspicious and locked into wanting real proof and independent verification. LBJ produced a fraudulent reason for war in Vietnam with the Tonken Bay resolution. Reagan invaded Granada of all places for little or no reason. One of the Bushes took us into Panama. And then there was Junior Bush taking us into war in Iraq after putting Colin Powell in front of the world with fraudulent irrelevant "evidence". And we now have continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which seem to have accomplished only making Americans hated by more people in more parts of the world.
Our military boondoggles and the incredible military waste and deficits going with them make a good case for modern isolationism. Military spending is doubly bad for the economy. It takes money out of the economy to produce goods we cannot purchase thus increasing inflation and preventing better options. It can be hazardous to our social, political, scientific, technological, physical and economic health.
Perhaps we will at some time be shown there are a dozen smoking guns that can remove all doubt about the wisdom of Obama's militarism, but it also seems that Bashar al-Assad held his own in an hour long interview by Charlie Rose. Rose seemed to me to edge into the area of being just plain obnoxious in presenting assertions as proven facts, but al-Assad stayed cool and also on script.
In any case, the treaties on use of poison gas are an international responsibility to enforce. This is not something the US is obligated to or should act on unilaterally and be justified only on general humanitarian ground and specious argument and evidence.
Perhaps all Islamic countries are so enmeshed in religious lunacy that completely senseless behavior can be explained even if counterproductive; but, it does not seem rational for the Bashar al-Assad regime to use of chemical weapons. Any use of chemical warfare seems rationally as being only counter productive to the goals of the regime. On the other hand, it seems entirely rational that rebels or terrorists opposing Basha al-Assad might use such weapons to discredit the regime and gain support from other powers which might otherwise find them as repulsive, retrograde, backward murderous fanatics. .But, the whole middle east seems at least partly insane to me and the last thing we might be able to actually expect from the region is rationality from any side of any issue there. Assertions by any side there should be viewed with our deep and continuing suspicion. We also might want to consider the arguments of climate scientists that global warming generates the droughts and poverty driven unrest that leads to rebellion and government incompetence in handling legitimate complaints aggravates the problem and adds fire to the rebels or terrorists..
Before the US spends one more dime on dumping weaponry into desert sand, we should be aggressively pursuing development of conservation, wind, solar, and hydropower and development of Thorium nuclear power systems. Couple wind and solar energy with devices such as reverse energy cells to produce conventional fuels without adding more carbon to our atmosphere and environment. The goal should be complete independence of the US from fossil fuels in any Islamic country on any continent at any time for any reason...
Pull all of our embassies out of every Islamic country and completely sever economic and social connections with all of them. They only take our money and then hate us as it is and more futile wars with us on any side of one or another religious sects will only make deeper and more dangerous the hate of all of them in every retrograde sect.
Our entry into previous mideast wars and in other backward areas have produced few positive benefits to the US National or Domestic interest and in fact generated almost nothing but negative consequences for us. It is time we realized that every time an Islamicist kills another Islamicist, the US benefits indirectly. It is not in our interest to stop the killing and it is also not in our interest to engage in the killing ourselves and it is certainly not in our interest to lose more American lives in pursuit of placating religious fantasy.
The new reality must be that we have nothing to gain by dealing with those separated from reality by religious insanity.
*** Stay tuned, but do your own research on alternate energy and do your part for pushing the US to a sensible US international policy by more rational domestic policy -- Doug Wiken