Nice. Fox News is reporting that Speaker of the House John Boehner has announced his support for the President’s “punishment” or something of the Syrian government for their alleged use of chemical weapons on their alleged opponents in the alleged civil war in Syria. Allegedly.
Boehner, emerging from a White House meeting with several other top-ranking lawmakers, said the chemical weapons attack last month “has to be responded to.”
“I’m going to support the president’s call for action,” Boehner said.
The report doesn’t say whether Boehner had tears in his eyes or not.
At this point, we’re not hearing what this military action will accomplish (other than sending some nebulous message to some nebulous dictators – I guess because the message of Iraq wasn’t loud enough). I don’t know what our national security interest is in this, other than sending a nebulous message to nebulous dictators.
The only reason that Boehner doesn’t oppose this punishment strategy is because he doesn’t want to be called a meany or a racist or something. Anyone with any sort common sense or even a cursory reading of von Clausewitz would recognize this as a bad idea.
So what will “victory” look like? What’s the exit strategy?