How many Troops are you willing to send to Syria?

by Datechguy | February 11th, 2016

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How many Troops are you willing to send to Syria?

PM Jim Hacker: Surely we should use the debate to pro­mote peace har­mony, good will?

Sir Humphrey Apple­gate: Well it would be most unusual. The UN is the accepted forum for the expres­sion of inter­na­tional hatred

Yes Prime Min­is­ter A Vic­tory for Democ­racy 1986

On Morn­ing Joe today the table lamented that 10% of the pop­u­la­tion of Syria has been slain since the start of the civil war in that country.

It was stated that this was the dis­grace of the west. I take issue with this statement.

The west did not start the war in Syria, until the Rus­sians decided to go in strong the only peo­ple who were strongly involved in the Syr­ian war were Iran­ian backed groups.

Nobody is say­ing that this is the dis­grace of the Mid­dle East or the Dis­grace of Africa, or the Dis­grace of Asia. Nobody is, for exam­ple, ask­ing the Chi­nese to send tends of thou­sands of troops to the area to make it safe. Why is it the dis­grace of Amer­ica and the west and not any­one else?

Unless the west or some­one else is will­ing to con­quer Syria and impose a peace, one will not take place until all of the sides are exhausted or all but one of the sides are defeated and some, even if it’s some­one we hate, wins.. Is it the argu­ment that we should do this? And PLEASE don’t give me the fic­tion of the arab states doing this. The are nei­ther inclined nor will­ing to do so and never have been.

If one isn’t will­ing to con­quer Syria, the only alter­na­tive is to send enough troops to cre­ate a defacto safe zone for refugees. That will take tens of thou­sands of troops, Amer­i­can Troops. In fair­ness this is likely the best pos­si­ble solu­tion, but given the cost in trea­sure and blood (because are troops will be a tar­get the moment they show up) do we ask our cit­i­zens to do it, because frankly nobody else will.

These are all hard ques­tions and both doing some­thing and doing noth­ing comes at a cost, but unless you are will­ing to advo­cate for troops ready to fight, you have no busi­ness cri­tiquing the west for not stop­ping the slaugh­ter in Syria.

Or put sim­ply, we know what the solu­tion in Syria is, the ques­tion becomes , are we will­ing to pay the price to achieve it? How many US lives is it worth?

None of these ques­tions are easy but I’ll be damned if any­one is going to shame the west for not get­ting our own peo­ple killed for some­thing that is not in our strate­gic interest.

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PM Jim Hacker:  Surely we should use the debate to promote peace harmony, good will?

Sir Humphrey Applegate:  Well it would be most unusual.  The UN is the accepted forum for the expression of international hatred

Yes Prime Minister  A Victory for Democracy 1986

On Morning Joe today the table lamented that 10% of the population of Syria has been slain since the start of the civil war in that country.

It was stated that this was the disgrace of the west.  I take issue with this statement.

The west did not start the war in Syria, until the Russians decided to go in strong the only people who were strongly involved in the Syrian war were Iranian backed groups.

Nobody is saying that this is the disgrace of the Middle East or the Disgrace of Africa, or the Disgrace of Asia.  Nobody is, for example, asking the Chinese to send tends of thousands of troops to the area to make it safe.  Why is it the disgrace of America and the west and not anyone else?

Unless the west or someone else is willing to conquer Syria and impose a peace, one will not take place until all of the sides are exhausted or all but one of the sides are defeated and some, even if it’s someone we hate, wins..   Is it the argument that we should do this?  And PLEASE don’t give me the fiction of the arab states doing this.  The are neither inclined nor willing to do so and never have been.

If one isn’t willing to conquer Syria, the only alternative is to send enough troops to create a defacto safe zone for refugees.  That will take tens of thousands of troops, American Troops.  In fairness this is likely the best possible solution, but given the cost in treasure and blood (because are troops will be a target the moment they show up) do we ask our citizens to do it, because frankly nobody else will.

 

These are all hard questions and both doing something and doing nothing comes at a cost, but unless you are willing to advocate for troops ready to fight, you have no business critiquing the west for not stopping the slaughter in Syria.

Or put simply, we know what the solution in Syria is, the question becomes , are we willing to pay the price to achieve it?  How many US lives is it worth?

None of these questions are easy but I’ll be damned if anyone is going to shame the west for not getting our own people killed for something that is not in our strategic interest.

Linked by Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit, thanks
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Given where the economy is rather than where the MSM pretends and what peole owe these days to those who have kicked in (particularly subscribers), thanks much.

If however you have not & are both able and inclined I’d really appreciate it if you’d help me get over days of work lost due to illness or just start February stronger by hitting DaTipJar.




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