Friday, August 30, 2013

The legacy of Bush lives on

So bombing Syria is now going to happen, it’s just a matter of time. Great. The thing that is so maddening about the Obama Administration’s arguments for violence is that it is presented as the only possible option. Not true. We could be in talks with world leaders and the UN working on a truly global response to the use of gas by Assad. Bombing isn’t the only answer, and from what I’ve been reading over the past few days, many military experts don’t believe this kind of “tailored” attack is going to prove effective.

Bombings always result in collateral damage and it will surely lead to civilian deaths, which is supposedly what we are trying to prevent. In addition, our unilateral action will further inflame anti-U.S. rhetoric in Muslim countries. Assad should be punished for using poison gas on his people, but not by the self-appointed world sheriff, but by an actual worldwide consensus.

Why do we keep making the same mistakes over and over again? It’s almost as if George Bush never left the White House. 

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