General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the United States and President Obama’s top military adviser, has written a letter to Congress in which he says that military intervention by the U.S. on the side of the rebels in the civil war in Syria would not resolve the war there or aid American interests.
The United States is under enormous pressure to intervene militarily on the side of the rebels in Syria’s civil war in the wake of the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians by the ruling Assad regime. I say alleged because even though there is no doubt that chemical weapons were used against civilians it is entirely possible that they were used by the rebels themselves in order to provoke a military response against the regime.
One consideration and one consideration only should be taken into account by the U.S. before any decision is made to use military force on the side of the rebels…that consideration is whether or not military force would be in the best interests of the United States.
The answer is a clear, unequivocal no and given that the United States should not use military force against the Assad regime, even if it can be proven that it did use chemical weapons against civilians.
If the U.S. supported the rebels militarily it would dramatically increase their chances of victory in the war. It wouldn’t necessarily resolve the war but it would dramatically increase their chances of winning it. Since the rebels are made up exclusively of anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israeli Islamist groups consumed by hatred and disgust for all things American, all things Western and all things Israeli, including Al-Qaeda and its offshoots, and since any future government formed by the rebels would be inherently hostile to the United States and would use all the means at its disposal to act against the U.S. and its interests in the Middle East and elsewhere, including violence, it is clearly not in the best interests of the United States to use military force on their behalf or do anything else that might assist them either.
General Dempsey is right. The use of military force by the U.S. would not resolve the civil war in Syria or aid American interests in the Middle East, or anywhere else for that matter. If anything it would damage them and damage them severely and inevitably lead to the loss of American blood and treasure, would inevitably lead to war between the United States and Syria. Military intervention by the United States on the side of the rebels is clearly and unequivocally not in the best interests of the U.S. and the U.S. should resist all calls to intervene militarily.
It should stay out.
In its own best interests.
If that means that the Assad regime eventually emerges victorious so be it. Odious as the regime is (and it is most certainly odious whether it used chemical weapons against civilians or not) an Assad government will be far easier for the United States to deal with than a government formed by the rebels.