U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is so desperate to sell an American military intervention in the Syrian civil war that he’s actually beginning to make a compelling case against it.
Kerry’s latest talking point? That any military action against the regime of Bashar al-Assad would be “unbelievably small.”
Wow. Somebody cue Michael Scott …
“We’re not talking about war, we’re not going to war,” Kerry said during a visit to London. He then went on to describe the conceived U.S. military action against Syria as a “limited, very targeted, very short-term effort.”
Our point? “What’s the point,” then? Seriously, talk about getting all of the bad and none of the good.
So to recap Kerry’s “just the tip” interventionist foreign policy, we should launch a preemptive military assault against another sovereign nation absent popular support, the backing of our allies and in spite of clear warnings from our military leaders … needlessly stoking anti-American extremism and making our nation less safe … for … what, exactly?
An “unbelievably small” action?
U.S. President Barack Obama’s dog-wagging isn’t going so well, is it?
In addition to being ill-conceived from a national security standpoint, such a statement is politically stupid. After all it’s not the size of the intervention we object to – it’s the fact we are intervening in Syria at all. In fact such a bone-headed assertion has the potential to backfire on the Obama administration, eroding support amongst his warmonger allies in Congress while gaining the president absolutely nothing among the non-interventionists.