Stand for something or fall for anything

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Stand for something or fall for anything

Last night Pres­i­dent Trump announced strikes into Syria in response to Syr­ian use of chem­i­cal weapons. Less broad­cast was that both the UK and France par­tic­i­pated in the strikes. Even less broad­cast was that we were in this sit­u­a­tion not that long ago, with a “red line” set by Pres­i­dent Obama that was sub­se­quently crossed, with no sub­se­quent action taken.

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Hav­ing to stand up to aggres­sive regimes around the world sucks. I can’t imag­ine the frus­tra­tion of any Amer­i­can that has to polit­i­cally nego­ti­ate with Syria, North Korea or Iran. Given their nor­mal antics and the occa­sional grand stand­ing, I would be infu­ri­ated on a reg­u­lar basis.

The real­ity is you get two options: you either choose to do some­thing about it or walk away. You can either pun­ish Syria for using chem­i­cal weapons, or you say chem­i­cal weapons aren’t a prob­lem and stop car­ing about it. Sure, you can sit on the side­lines and com­plain, and that might make you feel bet­ter about your­self, but it’s not going to stop anything.

Assad and Putin aren’t afraid of com­plaints. They cer­tainly aren’t afraid of offend­ing any­one. They intend to remain in power, and both have a tight grip on power in their own coun­tries. About the only thing they will respond to is mil­i­tary and eco­nomic pres­sure, both of which Pres­i­dent Trump is using. His moves are a shot across the bow for other nations too, show­ing that he doesn’t intend to back down. You can be sure Iran and North Korea are tak­ing notice.

If you care about the peo­ple in Syria, you’ll be pray­ing for a quick end to the con­flict, and hope­fully the same guy that is chart­ing a bet­ter course in Afghanistan and Iraq can solve it for us.


This post rep­re­sents the views of the author and not those of the Depart­ment of Defense, Depart­ment of the Navy, or any other gov­ern­ment agency.

Last night President Trump announced strikes into Syria in response to Syrian use of chemical weapons. Less broadcast was that both the UK and France participated in the strikes. Even less broadcast was that we were in this situation not that long ago, with a “red line” set by President Obama that was subsequently crossed, with no subsequent action taken.

From: https://www.aim.org/newswire/obama-waffling-on-red-line-after-syria-uses-chemical-weapons/attachment/obama-red-line-cartoon/

Having to stand up to aggressive regimes around the world sucks. I can’t imagine the frustration of any American that has to politically negotiate with Syria, North Korea or Iran. Given their normal antics and the occasional grand standing, I would be infuriated on a regular basis.

The reality is you get two options: you either choose to do something about it or walk away. You can either punish Syria for using chemical weapons, or you say chemical weapons aren’t a problem and stop caring about it. Sure, you can sit on the sidelines and complain, and that might make you feel better about yourself, but it’s not going to stop anything.

Assad and Putin aren’t afraid of complaints. They certainly aren’t afraid of offending anyone. They intend to remain in power, and both have a tight grip on power in their own countries. About the only thing they will respond to is military and economic pressure, both of which President Trump is using. His moves are a shot across the bow for other nations too, showing that he doesn’t intend to back down. You can be sure Iran and North Korea are taking notice.

If you care about the people in Syria, you’ll be praying for a quick end to the conflict, and hopefully the same guy that is charting a better course in Afghanistan and Iraq can solve it for us.


This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.