Messrs McCain, Lindsay and Lieberman are calling for war again. They always do – this is their act and it’s getting stale.
Of course they’ll insist they don’t want ‘real’ war, just ‘support for the rebels’. They’re not particularly concerned that there are many different kinds of rebels – now including worrisome Islamist elements.
The three gentlemen had an op-ed in The Washington Post the other day, laying out their case. It is – thank Elvis – not tea party reasoning and it’s not all about Jeebus either. But it is classical neo-con Middle East war hawk stuff, evidenced by this, reason number-whatever:
. . . ensuring that al-Qaeda and its violent brethren are unable to secure a new foothold in the heart of the Middle East.
I heard those exact words about Iraq – in 2003, 04, 05, 06 . . . from the same war party.
The people who are doing the best job right now of keeping the Islamists in check are the countries actually in the heart of the Middle East; for them, the danger is at their own front doors. Right now, even the new Egyptian government and its Muslim Brotherhood president are themselves taking aggressive action.
Syria isn’t Egypt. And Egypt wasn’t Libya. And Libya wasn’t Tunisia.
But Syria could be Lebanon, which would be a fearsome outcome. But no matter the danger, we can’t do it from here. You can’t kill an idea with a bullet. Only politics can achieve that.
Reagan’s failure in Lebanon proved it.