Mike Hughes: Keep U.S. out of Syria

May. 04, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

Are U.S. tax dollars being used to support al-Qaida in Syria? Would anyone be surprised if they were?
A recent story in the Enterprise stated, “The United States is providing Syrian rebels with $123 million in new nonlethal aid …” Who are these rebels? Why is nonlethal aid acceptable, while lethal aid is not?
Nonlethal aid includes “armored vehicles, night vision goggles and advanced communications equipment.” This is the same scam that’s used by liberal Democrats who say that tax dollars are not used to fund abortions. Any aid given obviously frees up other resources that can be used for what our politicians don’t want to admit they’re supporting, i.e. abortions and Islamic jihad. Indirect support is still support.
The more we learn about the rebels in Syria, the more apparent it becomes that any non-humanitarian American involvement is a bad idea. Jonathan Spyer of the Jerusalem Post wrote, “the range of opinion among the [rebels] stretches from al-Qaida style Islamism to Muslim Brotherhood style Islamism.” PJ Media’s Middle East Editor Barry Rubin wrote, “the Islamists are far more powerful and well-armed than anyone else, courtesy of U.S. policy.”
A senior State Department official said, “We have to help the moderates …” Rubin’s reply: “Many or most of the Free Syrian Army’s troops, that is the supposed non- or anti-Islamist alternative, are also Muslim Brotherhood supporters.” Translation: There are no moderate rebels.
Spyer claims that a Syrian branch of al-Qaida is among the rebel groups. “The Syrian civil war offers the most important opportunity for al-Qaida in the Middle East since the Sunni insurgency in Iraq.”
Are American tax dollars being used to support Muslim extremism in Syria? It sure looks that way.
It’s hard for Americans to sit back and watch people get slaughtered in a civil war. We may have been able to do some good back when the war first began, but it’s far too late now. While the Obama administration pretended to use diplomacy, America’s sworn enemies filled the power vacuum. Now there will most likely be no good ending to this civil war. Any support given to the rebels now will be used against us later. The Obama administration is also foolishly pretending that it can manage yet another Islamist state.
President Obama acted stupidly when he made threats about using chemical weapons. Apparently, he thought he was being smart by using weasel words, “a whole bunch of chemical weapons,” but all he did was present an opportunity for anyone who would like to instigate a U.S. intervention. Obama’s red-line comment only made the use of chemical weapons more likely. Now that the use of chemical weapons has been detected, both sides have accused each other and Obama wants another useless U.N. investigation. But stall tactics are better than compounding the stupidity with intervention.
What we’re seeing with Obama’s Syria policy is the same thing we’re seeing on just about every other Obama policy failure. Obama starts out with big ideas and grandiose promises, but as the inevitable failures begin to materialize, the tune is changed, excuses are made, and more government is always the answer. When will America wake up?

Mike Hughes is a Navy veteran who lives in High Point. His column appears here every other Sunday. To comment, visit www.hpe.com and click on local commentary. E-mail  him at mrmike27282@gmail.com. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.