If anything illustrates the absurdity of the case for war in Syria – be it by way of the Obama administration’s war resolution or the alternative being developed by Senate Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp – it’s this video of Secretary of State John Kerry promising an “unbelievably small” strike.
“What we have to do is make clear to people that we’re not talking about war. We’re not going to war. We will not have people involved in that way,” Secretary Kerry said touting an “unbelievably small kind of effort.
That’s reassuring? Senator John McCain is not impressed:
Kerry says #Syria strike would be "unbelievably small" – that is unbelievably unhelpful
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 9, 2013
I tend to take the “go big or go home” approach to foreign policy and war-making. If we’re going to commit blood and treasure to some cause, if we’re going to put our nation’s standing on the line and our military members at risk, then we should go whole-hot. We give it everything we’ve got until we achieve whatever objectives we’ve set out to achieve.
If we’re not willing to commit to that, we have no business being in the conflict in the first place.
It’s clear that what the Obama administration wants to do is fulfill the obligation created by President Obama’s ill-advised “red line” by firing a few missiles and call it good.