With the Turkish invasion of Syria there will be renewed cries for American intervention. Outrage and indignation will be the method of discourse. Ringing from one coast to another, calls for action will echo endlessly across the landscape. Demands and accusations without much in the way of substance. Though, that is nothing new. It will only change in intensity and pitch.
What no one, on either side of the issue will discuss is the end game. What is the object once the military is embroiled in another quagmire in a foreign country where they are not welcome, and the culture completely alien?
Any conflict, or war needs to have a political end. Without a political solution war is only mindless bloodshed. And the political solution in Syria is lost in a maze of conflicting factions, armies, militias and jihadists
Certainly, the people of Syria need help. But, they need help that will bring a solution. More destruction is not much aid to people being bombed, shelled and shot at in a constant barrage of screaming terror.
Should it be America, probably, because no one else will. But, it needs to have a focus, an end worth the means. Before we begin military operations there should be a strategic goal in place.
America's military carries enormous fire power, incredible technological wizardry, and the means and might to make effective use of all the tools. But, the American government lacks the will power to achieve political victory.
The lives of countless soldiers have been squandered since the Battle for Naktong in 1950. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, twice and Afghanistan have seen American military superiority and resolve. What victories have resulted, what peace has been achieved?
If the country is drawn into the fray it has to be with the intention of winning the battles, winning the war and winning the peace. Else why bother?
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Syria, and the Path of Most Resistance.
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.