by Greg Krehbiel on 7 April 2017
I don’t want another stupid war in the Middle East.
The older I get, the more I like my outlandish suggestion at the lunch table in high school, which was to build a huge dome over the Middle East with an oil pipeline coming out and arms going in. Once they sort things out among themselves we can take the dome down and welcome them into the community of civilized people. (Of course I’m not serious.)
It’s not worth our time or money — and certainly not worth more U.S. lives — to try to impose democracy on them, or civilize them. Even God quit sending prophets to these people.
I think our missiles go for about $1 million a piece, so Trump’s strike cost us about $60 million. We killed a few Syrians working at the airfield, which is a shame. They were just guys doing a job. But the world is not a gentle place, and we can’t be afraid of spilling a little blood from time to time.
Also, we sent a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. I suspect that the lunatics in North Korea took notice, as did the Chinese president. That may have been the more important message here.
Two things trouble me. The first is all this certainty that it really was the Assad regime that used chemical weapons. Maybe it was, and maybe they have some clear evidence to prove it, but … it doesn’t make much sense.
What possible motivation does Assad have to use chemical weapons? It’s the one thing he could do to mobilize the civilized world against him. And he doesn’t need that.
It seems more plausible to me that this was a trick by his enemies to get us to help them against Assad.
But … what do I know? I don’t get the daily briefings, so maybe Assad really is an idiot and crossed that line for his own stupid reasons.
In any event, Trump has shown that he’s not going to sit on his hands and ponder about things, and that may be good for the world.
The second thing that troubles me is whether Trump should have checked with Congress before the strike. I don’t like the precedent we’ve set, that the president can bomb people at will.
2017-04-07 » Greg Krehbiel