A number of Senators have begun clamoring for us to intervene in yet another nation. This time, the country of choice for us to get involved in is Syria. Here is the current roll call of these proud patriots who are willing to send a number of enlisted men and women to defend foreign nations in which we have little or no national interest. I’m sure that this list will expand.
Today, in a joint statement, the Three Amigos (McCain, Lieberman, and Graham) wrote, “We urge President Obama to state unequivocally — as he did in the case of (Libyan leader Moamer) Kadhafi and (Egyptian President Hosni) Mubarak — that it is time for Assad to go.” They also claimed that we need to take ‘tangible diplomatic and economic measures’ that will pressure the Assad regime into ceding control of Syria to the rebels. They argue that Assad has lost the legitimacy to rule in the Middle Eastern nation.
Yesterday, John Kyl (R-AZ) called for the US to ally with those who are rebelling against Assad in Syria. He claimed that our nation has done little to aid the Syrian people who are uprising against the Syrian government. “At a minimum, the Administration should recall Ambassador (Robert) Ford, impose asset freezes and travel bans in cooperation with our European allies, and sanction any entity involved in cooperation between the Iranian leadership and the Assad regime.”
Over the weekend, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said that the United States should encourage an uprising in Syria, but hesitated in calling for military intervention. Blumenthal, who ‘served’ in the Vietnam War from the late 1980s until he ran for the Senate last year, apparently has rapidly moved into the interventionist mode preferred by his Connecticut constituents. I’ve always found it interesting that the state that has among the lowest percentage of its residents who enlist in the Armed Forces has senators who are among the most anxious for us to get involved in foreign countries in which we have little or no national interest.
Mark Kirk (R-IL), another newbie senator, has also quickly figured out which side of his bread is buttered by following in line. He said that America has a need to use diplomatic pressure to undermine the Syrian regime.
It’s always good to see bipartisanship in action. Also, as someone who watches sports a lot, I’m glad whenever records can be broken. Well, right now we’re in the middle of three wars, with none of them showing any sign of ending soon. I might be incorrect, but I think this is tied for the most countries we have been fighting against at once since World War II (perhaps the last war in which most of the senators above have had any family members who served in combat). So, if we can just figure out how to get our military involved in Syria, regardless of what public opinion has to say, we’ll break the record. Hooray!!