I know I’ve promised several posts which I have not delivered, but I’ve been unbelievably busy lately. As soon as I can get to them, I still think they’re all worthwhile.

In the meantime, I wanted to offer a quick thought on the “Invasion of Syria vs. Invasion of Iraq” comparisons which are going through the news cycle right now. Pseudo-liberal commentators are bending over backwards to prove that President Obama’s invasion of Syria would be completely different from President Bush’s 2002 invasion of Iraq. Conservative commentators are going out of their way to show how ridiculous that is. In my opinion, the pseudo-liberals are correct, it is very different. For example:

1) While the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons (the intelligence is not nearly as conclusive as the intelligence we had on Iraq), they have not invaded a foreign nation, as Iraq did in 1991.

2) We do not have a current military operation against Syria, as we did against Iraq in 2002 (we had been flying daily sorties for ten years to prevent Hussein’s use of unaccounted-for chemical weapons against civilian populations).

3) There is not currently a U.N. call for force against Syria, as there was against Iraq (UN Security Resolution 1441).

4) President Obama does not have an AUMF from Congress, as President Bush did against Iraq (this is really the most important one).

5) There is no coalition of forces to act against Syria–this is solely at the feet of President Obama (President Bush garnered a coalition of 40 nations which sent forces to Iraq).

6) There is no intelligence on a threat from Syria to the United States (the intelligence on a threat from Iraq was virtually conclusive), nor does Syria have any resource of interest to the United States.

7) The rebels we would be aiding are actually al’ Qaeda, the terrorist organization which carried out the 9/11 attacks and which is dedicated to the destruction of the United States.

Carry on.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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