To defend ourselves, allies, interests and way of life.
To defend the weak from the strong.
To remind the world that we mean what we say.
According to an informal poll in The Washington Post, 2 of 3 respondents don’t believe the U.S. should use force to intervene in the two-year Syrian civil war. Some say this reflects a war-weary public – an assertion I find laughable because the past decade of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere has not touched most of America.
Time to ask ourselves some tough questions:
Is this the great nation that beat back evil through the 20th century and served as a beacon of freedom and righteousness – however flawed – to the rest of the world?
Or is this a country that slumped under the weight of leadership, and convinced itself that the best thing to do is save money and never leave home?
No bloodlust here, because U.S. involvement dramatically changes the calculus in the region that could balloon to absorb Russia, Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Iran, Israel, Hezbollah and others. There may be many unintended consequences if the U.S. intervenes militarily, but the cost of doing nothing may cost this nation its soul.