|American Middle East Policy?|
This week the Russian Deputy Prime Minister accused the Americans of "acting alike a monkey with a hand grenade" in the Middle East.
|Richard I, Houses of Parliament, London|
Britain does not feel "Lion-hearted" now
The venerable Peter O'Toole will not, therefore, be coming out of retirement to lead a march on Damascus (See...http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/lawrence-of-arabia.html).
London theatre-goers in the West end might have received this insertion into their playbills: "We apologise for the inconvenience, but due to a fit of Democracy, the role of Obama's poodle will be played tonight by François Hollande."
Some in the Obama administration argue that American Tomahawk cruise missiles fired on Syria will represent "a shot fired a cross the bow that will deter future Syrian use of chemical weapons". I find this view dangerously naive. All historical evidence suggests that the use of cruise missiles in isolation will have a minimal effect on the Assad regime in Syria. The use of cruise missiles is certain to cause property destruction and loss of life, which will be fully exploited by the SEA (Syrian Electronic Army) for propaganda benefit. Make no mistake about it, the use of cruise missiles would be an act of war and would have serious consequences. Assad's Russian allies have already deployed naval surface ships to the Eastern Mediterranean. Assad's Iranian allies may also move against Israel in retaliation.
Ryan Crocker, the former American ambassador to Syria, commenting on the limited military actions now being contemplated by the U.S. administration said, "We've done that before in Sudan in retaliation for bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In Sudan, we hit the wrong place. We did it twice in Iraq to no effect and we did it in Afghanistan to little effect...So he (Assad) continues on in defiance, maybe even launches another chemical attack to put a stick in our eye -- and then what?" Source: IHT 8/31/13
|Commander K. and his buddies, London|
An effective intervention in the Syrian Civil war must be preceded by 1) the creation of a coherent strategic plan for victory in Syria and 2) the presentation of this plan to A) the U.S. congress, B) Our regional and NATO allies and, most of all, C) the American people. If the American administration wants to be taken seriously in the world it will carefully, deliberately and patiently build its case for a coordinated intervention. This would be my blueprint...http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/commander-kellys-unsolicited-advice-for.html.
Most Americans are currently focused on 1) getting their children back to school, 2) the MLB play-off season 3) the start of the NFL regular season and 4) the antics of Miley Cyrus. Unlike their British counterparts, they have given little consideration to the tempests brewing in the Middle East aside from perhaps wondering "how might this affect gas prices at the pump?" To all of my American friends I would suggest that now would be an excellent time to begin worrying, thinking and speaking out on the dire situation now confronting us in the Middle East. Let the national debate begin.
|Churchill, Parliament Square, London|