Two weeks ago, the Obama administration announced that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s had deployed chemical weapons against its own people. The Americans say that, as far as they know, this has only been done on a small scale, with several attacks having claimed between 100 and 150 victims. Nevertheless, they add, this has sufficed to cross the “red line” that President Barack Obama drew last August, when he said that America would intervene as soon as the Syrian military had used poisonous gas.
In a major policy shift, President Obama has decided to supply military support to the rebels. The White House announced that the United States would be arming the Free Syrian Army with weapons to resist the armies of Syria’s President Bashar Assad.
With boots on the ground around Syria’s borders, the United States is without a doubt preparing for widespread engagement across the region yet again, with the aim of the new U.S. supplied weapons being more killing and destruction in a civil war that has left tens of thousands dead in the last year.
It is the assumption of the Obama administration that these weapons will tip the scales of power in favor of the rebels, many of whom have been identified as members of America’s arch enemy, Al Qaeda.
What the President has failed to say in the past two weeks is how supplying Syrian rebels with weapons is in the national interest of the United States of America. There has been nothing said about how our interference in the Syrian civil war does anything that helps protect the liberty of the American people.
Indeed, given the increasing connection between rebel forces and al-Qaeda-tied terrorists seeking a path of religious extremism, support of rebel forces is likely to cause long-term harm to the United States and its regional allies.