It is profoundly disturbing that the federal government is contemplating the expenditure of American dollars (and potentially American lives) to engage in a civil war in Syria. As we have noted ad nauseam over the last few weeks, the United States has no business interfering in this conflict.
There is compelling national interest, the intelligence is disputed, our military leaders are wary, our allies are nonexistent, we’d be aiding terrorists on the ground … and at the end of the day such an action is only going to make Americans less safe.
But even more disturbing than the idea of subsidizing such unwarranted aggression is the notion American military muscle could conceivably be “rented” by other sovereign nations looking to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
This possibility was explicitly discussed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his disastrous hearing on Capitol Hill earlier this week.
“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said. “They have. That offer is on the table.”
Kerry went on to say “some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost.”
“That’s how dedicated they are at this,” he added.
Really? Then with all due respect they should buy their own bombs. And their own missiles. And their own planes. And their own tanks. And most importantly … their own military personnel.
In other words if these Arab nations want Syria taken out so badly, they should not just pay for it – they should do it themselves.
Individual Americans wishing to be a part of such an effort should feel free to market themselves to Arab nations as mercenaries – that’s the beauty of the free market (and it’s probably something that’s already happening). But leasing out a taxpayer-subsidized fighting force so that certain global interests can take out dictators around the world?
That’s insane …
Kerry – Arab countries offered to pay for military strike
Merrrc-a! Hell yeah!
“The oil revenue of that country could bring between 50 and 100 billion dollars over the course of the next two or three years. We’re dealing with a country that could really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon,”-Wolfowitz (a few days after the invasion of Iraq)
Total current cost of that war to the taxpayer, around $1 Trillion and their oil revenue never came close to touching reconstruction costs.(hence the folly of blowing up bridges and then repaying to fix them)
The safest thing for everyone to do is take every gov’t press release, and believe the EXACT opposite.
You will always be much closer to the truth.
I recently had to break up with my latest sweetheart. A very lovely girl who served six years in the Marines as some sort of forward observer or scout. My problem with her is her cooking which, to me, was almost inedible. Then I discovered she was getting her recipes from “Soldier of Fortune” magazine.
But the Arab league will pay for the US military says Kerry and American lives are so much cheaper to play with say Miss Lindsay.
Exactly, they give you a brief peek at how the value American lives when they use the argument “but someone else will pay for it”.
They are all sociopaths.
edit: the to “they”
If we don’t take the job someone else will.
Because what harm could come from a rich Middle-Eastern country with its own bombs, missles, jets, tanks, and soldiers?
Little Barry can explain to Putin how “he has more flexibility now that he has been re-elected.”
WHO wrote this piece of propaganda…??
Heck, just how smart is Wil Folks..? Whoever wrote this is still calling this conflict a “Civil War”..? Are we not being told that the “rebels” are from other countries..?
We wonder if General Earl Van Dorn was paid by the British or the French…??
My Backside….!!!! (Fist Poundzzzzz….!!!
No wonder this website is not going anywhere…!?
Heck, our Lt. Governor must be rolling on the floor…!
Why won’t you share your Pringles,too? I shared with you!
I will NOT crumble them up…
Here’s the REAL no BS skivy on this subject.
The Saudi’s PAID for our boots and all support expendatures during Gulf I. I know; we never went through the normal channels to get expendable items because our supply system told us the Saudi’s were paying for every fucking thing
During Gulf II, the Bush #2 administration fronted many of the eastern European nations serving in support missions(Hungary,Bulgaria,etc.) I would land at some shithole airfield and some eastern European contingent would greet my aircraft and proceed to unload/load it. I asked around and was informed that this was part of the “Unilateral Force” contributing to Gulf II at “Uncle Sugar’s” expense because it looked like a multitude of nations were in on the action. The dirty little secret was “Uncle Sugar” was fronting the whole shebang!!!
This is just a rehash of Gulf I & II when it comes to paying for shit and you are just finding out about it.
Fits buddy, you are so misinformed and clueless on this type of subject.
Stick to picking out pigs for your buddy Sanford or shots of some 20 something babe with a killer body or libertarian related topics that have absolutely no chance of ever bearing fruition.
Bud, you don’t have a clue as to what happens outside the wire… or even over the pond for that matter……..