Syria and pride

“Pride comes be­fore a fall.” — Proverbs 16:18

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Many months ago the pres­i­dent of the United States made a ma­jor tac­ti­cal er­ror when he warned the lead­er­ship of the Syr­ian regime that if chem­i­cal weapons were used, he would draw a myth­i­cal red line in the sand.

That line was meant to in­tim­i­date the lead­er­ship of Syria.

Over the past month, chem­i­cal weapons have been used, and thou­sands of Syr­i­ans have died.

The bluff of the pres­i­dent was called not once, but many times.

Now the pres­i­dent’s pride is on the line, and he has be­gun the saber rat­tling.

Through his min­ions and through so-called leaks, we the Amer­i­can peo­ple and the whole world know what we in­tend to send mis­siles af­ter. This makes absolutely no sense.

The pres­i­dent should ask Congress for its sup­port on his saber rat­tling and threat to at­tack; he is not, at least yet, an im­pe­rial pres­i­dent.

We do not sup­port any at­tack on Syria. The prob­lems of Syria should be solved by the Syr­ian peo­ple and their neigh­bors. We do not have to be the world’s po­lice­man.

We have had too many of our bright young peo­ple ei­ther killed or maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan; we can­not, for no ap­par­ent rea­son, cre­ate an­other pos­si­ble flash­point for the sake of honor and pride.

Mr. Pres­i­dent, please do not bomb or in­ter­fere in Syria.

There is no value in do­ing so.

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