In other words the Syrian civil war isn’t an opportunity for America to exercise “leadership”, it’s…payback time.
It’s a controversial notion because as Americans we like to see ourselves as the noble do-gooders making the world safe for democracy and not just ruthless power players who put our interest over our more nobler values.
I think democracy, freedom and improving the lives of others should be a pleasant byproduct of American policy but the main goal should always be our interests. We’ve tried plenty of “do good” missions like Bosnia, Libya and even Afghanistan. How much good will has that bought us in the Muslim world?
The world is a nasty and brutish place and sometimes social work by military force isn’t going to get what we need done. If we can’t kill them with kindness, perhaps it’s time to try just killing them.
via Ace of Spades HQ.
I’ve pretty much avoided writing on this topic. Mostly because I don’t see any upside to US involvement on either (any?) side. I tend to agree with this take on it, except I’m still very leery of any overt US action.