This morning, on Face the Nation, Senator Lindsey Graham called for military intervention in Syria to avoid the ‘slaughter’ of civilians by that nation’s President, Bashar al-Assad. He stated, “If it made sense to protect the Libyan people against Gadhafi, and it did because they were going to get slaughtered if we hadn’t sent NATO in when he was on the outskirts of Benghazi, the question for the world [is], have we gotten to that point in Syria…. We may not be there yet, but we are getting very close, so if you really care about protecting the Syrian people from slaughter, now is the time to let Assad know that all options are on the table.”

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So now, after the constant drumbeats by the Three Amigos (McCain, Lieberman, and Graham) and their allies in the Obama administration (Hillary Clinton and her apostles) got us into a new war with Libya, for no reason under the sun, other than the need to make our soldiers fight in every Arab nation imaginable, now this group is trying to get us into another engagement. Probably this one will be like Libya, over in a matter of days. Oops, that was a few months ago, with no sense of it ever ending.

So now, while Congress and Obama are in the midst of deciding if they are really going to solve our budget mess, or merely reduce ‘waste, fraud, and abuse’, I guess that they will move each of our soon to be four wars off-budget and pretend that this will solve the problem.

Here’s a really strange idea. We should try to get as many of our troops who are engaged in these adventures back home to their families as soon as possible, at the latest by the end of this year. Then, we should make it part of our national policy that we will only invade nations that threaten or attack us, threaten or attack our allies, or have a strategic interest for us. Also, we should not enter any of these escapades unless the American people are told what the quantifiable goal is, and when it can be reasonably expected to achieve that goal. Finally, I’m personally really tired of all of these silly nation-building and democracy-building efforts for countries that wouldn’t know democracy if it bit them on the behind.

Look, I feel badly for the 1,000 or so people that Assad has apparently killed. Why is this America’s problem? We’re broke. It turns out that, although we decided to engage in Libya at the behest of our European friends who actually had an interest there, they are unwilling to pay for it. If there are no other countries that are willing to pay for and send their troops to shed their blood, then I think we can allow our troops to avoid these wars.

I believe that we had to get involved in Afghanistan as retribution for 9/11. However, at the time, we should have bombed every city and town to oblivion, and made every inch of arable land as unusable as possible. And then come home. I’m guessing that any other country that would provide refuge for terrorists who would do us harm would get the hint. We had no reason to get involved in the other nations, other than to make a bunch of old men in Washington feel as if they were tough guys.