Well, I was wrong. And I'm glad I am. Talking about what's been going on for the last couple weeks about Syria.
Only stuff I see around the blogocracy about Syria are from those who feel that a nation that kills 1400 of its own citizens isn't our fight. A lot of us here in this country don't have that point of reference. But today, of all days, we most definitely do. I stand by my belief that the United States has every right in the world to go in and turn Damascus (Syria, not Montgomery County) into a great big pile of ash if it wants.
But a couple things have happened. One, the American people don't have the stomach for another war. Even in the form of limited strikes. Two, ever see that scene in "WarGames" where the computer runs through various "limited" war scenarios, and every single one turns into Global Thermonuclear War? Given the middle east theater, the Russian influence in Syria, the instability of the global economy, a limited strike in Syria has the potential to escalate. And who knows where that escalation ends?
The goal of engagement in Syria is to have them give up their chemical weapons. And since the initial movements towards war, the UK and then the US have pulled up. Not that Russia has been pulled off the hook. I'm sure they enjoyed the confusion in the west, but somewhere along the line, I'm thinking at the G20, there were a few meetings that didn't make the official calendars. And I'm willing to bet that's where the current proposal, to have Russia and the international community oversee the removal of Syria's chemical weapon capabilities, took form.
This thing is still not done. But today we seem a lot closer towards achieving the objective without one additional drop of bloodshed than we did two or even one week ago.
And credit for this clearly goes to the United States. Yes, to the President, Secretary of State, and others in and outside of the administration who had the nature to pull back and continue to work diplomatic alternatives. But also to the American people for their steadfast opposition to another war. The mindset of the nation has led the President to his current stance of being ready to go the military route, should diplomatic efforts fail. And that's a reasonable middle ground that I support.
Let's be careful out there.