it's hard when it's our kids instead of us.
when we did desert storm i knew without a doubt that we'd have to go back and finish the job. all through the years that saddam thumed his nose at clinton, the UN, and the cease fire, i wondered why we didn't enforce the agreement we'd made with him. instead we took 1/2 measures, like no fly zones and a few missiles.
when we finally did go back, the argument was that he'd broken the agreement, used chemical weapons, and possessed chemical weapons, and was a state sponsor of terrorism. no one disagreed with that. the UN reports didn't disagree. we gave him a year, as we fooled around, to do what ever he wanted with those weapons. eye witness accounts have convoys and planes flying....you guessed it, to Syria. that aside, he was indeed a state sponsor of terrorism, so even without finding those weapons, we had a legitimate reason to be concerned about him. more so when we found out that he had billions of dollars put aside from illegal sales of oil and had spend millions on illegal purchase of weapons.
old history? but worth remembering. the argument made now is that Assad is a really bad guy who has gassed his own people. that's it. no state sponsor of terrorism. no danger to us. no broken cease fire. no nothing.
the left screamed about iraq when we didn't find the WMD, but as it turned out, it was a great place to be....or would have been if this idiot hadn't given it away. check a map.
can on man make so many bad decisions by accident? maybe not..
This is not long. Podhoretz is an interesting fellow. not really conservative, but centerish and hawkish. you have to read him in that context. on this, i think he has hit the nail on the head.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323595004579062811443943666.html