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    is that I'm glad I'm not the one making decisions on this.  Seriously, this is a tougher issue than the absolutists want to make it.  It's very hard to predict what the outcome will be of ANY military intervention, so that begs some extraordinary caution when considering an intervention.  Of course, there are players who count on the fact that if they move quickly and unpredictably, the opportunity for a cautious approach is hindered.  

    That said, I'm not willing to just immediately dismiss any conflict in the Middle East as "just another Middle Eastern quagmire", but rather we should evaluate these events individually (while looking to history as a guide).  While I think there are great reasons to avoid becoming militarily involved in this situation and that many who oppose doing so have reasons specific to this situation, I also have no doubt that some of the people who oppose US involvement would oppose US military involvement in virtually ANY situation anywhere.  

    For me, that's too easy.  Or should I say, it's great in theory, but not necessarily in the real world.  In some cases, it actually is in our national interest or in humanitarian interest to utilize our military...carefully and intelligently.  I also think it's a cop-out to just say, "Well, our leaders will never utilize our military carefully or intelligently!"  Well then, just as surely as we would vote for candidates in hopes that they would avoid war and pressure them to do just that, we must treat using the military judiciously the same way.  

    I don't pretend to have all the answers about what's going on in Syria.  I don't have any of them.  At this time, I don't support or oppose US military intervention, but I oppose taking options off of the table without a careful decision process when we apparently have a situation where innocent people are being slaughtered with chemical weapons.  My point is basically that I'm very skeptical of anyone who is either absolutely certain that it is a good idea to inject our military in any situation and I'm equally as skeptical of people who can dismiss all military intervention as bad, unnecessary, or corrupt even with evidence of apparent atrocities staring us in the face.  This is complicated and options are not very appealing--I am pretty convinced that whatever the US does or doesn't do, there will be plenty of negatives for the absolutists to point at and say, "See!  I told you we should/shouldn't get involved!"  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 04:12:55 AM PDT

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