CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Emotionally Demands the US bomb Syria
Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 14, 2013
When George W. Bush announced his decision to invade Iraq, he justified it based on Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. A decade later we have a Progressive Democrat in the White House using a similar justification; gassing (WMDs) on his own people, to bomb Syria. Missing from both presidents’ decisions were/are a strategic goal and endgame for the United States.
In hindsight the U.S. invasion of Iraq was a mistake. Iraq remains today a violent country with its leadership now more closely aligned with Iran, its Persian Shiite cousins. It is likely that should the United States get entangled in Syria’s civil war, it too would go badly. First and foremost is the likelihood that should Assad be overthrown, the regime that replaces him would be at least as antagonistic to US interests. In addition, replacing Assad or even destabilizing him does not remove the WMDs from Syria. It merely changes who controls them. Some of the Syrian rebels are aligned with radical Sunni groups who are related to the same terrorists that attacked America on 9/11.
There is a significant difference today on the political front. George W. Bush had a skeptical press. Many in the mainstream media today are so invested in Barack Obama that they are emotionally attached to any of his decision, even to bomb another country. The video below shows CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour having emotional breakdown on air when discussing this issue.
Americans should be disgusted by the carnage in Syria, an extension of the larger Sunni-Shiite worldwide struggle. However, civil wars are rarely resolved by foreign invaders. Many more died in America’s Civil War than have been killed in Syria. It was only when one side was beaten into submission did our war end. The same is required in Syria. The US’s involvement in the Syrian war will ultimately prolong it.