Israelis confirm air strike in Syria to prevent missile transfers to Hezbollah

posted at 10:01 am on May 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

You’d think that Bashar al-Assad would want to hang onto as much of his own munitions as possible, while rebels force their way to Damascus.  Apparently, though, Assad has a surplus of “advanced” missiles — so much so that he wanted to share them with his buddies in Lebanon.  Unfortunately for Assad and Hezbollah, the Israelis broke up the arms-trading party before it could really start swinging:

An Israeli airstrike against Syria was targeting a shipment of advanced missiles believed to be bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Israeli officials confirmed Saturday.

It was the second Israeli strike this year against Syria and the latest salvo in its long-running effort to disrupt Hezbollah’s quest to build an arsenal capable of defending against Israel’s air force and spreading destruction inside the Jewish state. …

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned in recent weeks that Israel would be prepared to take military action if chemical weapons or other arms that would upset the balance of power with Hezbollah were to reach the Islamic militant group.

The Israeli officials said the attack took place early Friday and was aimed at sophisticated “game-changing” weapons, but not chemical arms. One official said the target was a shipment of advanced, long-range ground-to-ground missiles but was not more specific.

Syria said it never happened, and Hezbollah won’t comment.  There doesn’t appear to be any reason for the Israelis to brag about this, though.  The attack has the potential to give Assad a propaganda moment to use to distract rebels into making Israel their primary enemy.  Arab states have played that game since 1948, and it usually works, but the situation in Syria is probably too far gone for it to make a difference now.

No, if Israel claims the attack, it happened, and it highlights a big question in the region — Hezbollah. Its political strength in Lebanon comes almost entirely from their support from Assad and Iran, the latter of which used the former as a conduit.  If Assad falls, Hezbollah will find itself cut off in Lebanon, and perhaps not too terribly popular.  That’s why Hezbollah has already begun to support Assad in Syria, almost certainly in trade for the missiles it needs in case Assad falls.  They may not all be aimed at Israel.

Curiously, while Assad tries to sell his arms, he’s getting more of them from his one ally in the region. And guess who else is getting Iranian arms?

Iran has significantly stepped up military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in recent months, solidifying its position alongside Russia as the government’s lifeline in an increasingly sectarian civil war, Western diplomats said.

Iranian weapons continue to pour into Syria from Iraq but also increasingly along other routes, including via Turkey and Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, Western officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Iraqi and Turkish officials denied the allegations.

Iran’s acceleration of support for Assad suggests the Syrian war is entering a new phase in which Iran may be trying to end the battlefield stalemate by redoubling its commitment to Assad and offering Syria’s increasingly isolated government a crucial lifeline, the envoys said.

It also highlights the growing sectarian nature of the conflict, diplomats say, with Iranian arms flowing to the Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah. That group is increasingly active on the ground in Syria in support of Assad’s forces, envoys say.

The conflict has become a lot more sectarian as a result — or, perhaps, it’s just the veneer of “democratization” has been eroded to the point where the true conflict is now apparent:

“The Iranians really are supporting massively the regime,” a senior Western diplomat said this week. “They have been increasing their support for the last three, four months through Iraq’s airspace and now trucks. And the Iraqis really are looking the other way.”

“They (Iran) are playing now a crucial role,” the senior diplomat said, adding that Hezbollah was “hardly hiding the support it’s giving to the (Syrian) regime.”

He added that the Syrian civil war was becoming “more and more sectarian,” with Sunnis – an increasing number of whom come from Iraq – battling Shi’ites and members of Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.

Those Sunnis from Iraq are al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorists, although Reuters doesn’t get around to mentioning that fact.  American intervention would end up boosting AQ over Iranian-backed Shi’ite terrorists and the Assad regime, nothing more, which is one big reason why we should stay out of it and let the terrorists fight amongst themselves.  Perhaps that would finally discredit both movements in that region, and propel the peoples there to rise up in a real freedom movement.

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…Uh Oh!

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

…but the Israeli’s have a red line…and do something when its crossed?

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Syria said it never happened, and Hezbollah won’t comment

…sounds like our administration!

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

and propel the peoples there to rise up in a real freedom movement

…wonder when the politburo press will call for the US people to rise up for our freedoms?

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Israelis…doing jobs Americans won’t do.

In this case…well…thank you, Israel.

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

…the Jews acted stupidly?

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

The Syrian Civil War (in lieu of a better name) is one war that the US would do well to stay completely out of. Support the nominal rule of law, which would mean backing Assad, would mean supporting Hezbollah and Iran. Supporting the rebels, while consistent with recent Middle East policy, would mean supporting our enemies in Iraq and around the world.

Better to limit our support to refugee and humanitarian aid.

I’m glad the Israelis are serious about limiting their risks. I hope they blow up more of the missiles in the area.

Kevin K. on May 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

And Israel attacked on a Friday…

Caught them with their rugs down.

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

KaBlooey!!

Assad is just another in the long line of Jew haters that have come and gone.

Not exactly sure how giving Syria to the Muzzie Brohood will help foster peace for the area but that’s what our Muslim Sympathizing leadership in D.C. wants apparently so………..

…..get ready Syria, the Caliphate is coming.

PappyD61 on May 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Having Obama as an ally…sheesh.

If I were the rebels…I’d look for another “partner” fast.

If I were Assad…I’d be thankful Obama wasn’t in my corner.

See where Obama blamed Mexican gun violence on American guns?

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Looks like Syria is awash in weapons,er,
Advanced Weapons Systems that is!!

canopfor on May 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Assad is just another in the long line of Jew haters that have come and gone.

PappyD61 on May 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

For thousands of years. And Israel is still there.

davidk on May 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Damn that Boooooooooooooooooooosha!
Time for another Beer Summit.
All those assault weapons. Don’t they know that all one needs are two shotgun blasts thru your front door? Game Over Man.
Syria needs to implement Obamacare!
Not enough abortions there. Send them 15 year old Syrian females morning after pills.
Those rebels are fighting for their unalienable rights!

racquetballer on May 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Carter for all his faults only gave us one Iran. Obama seems set on giving us a dozen Irans that we will have to fight in 20 years.

unseen on May 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Russia and China will be major players before this is done

unseen on May 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Carter for all his faults only gave us one Iran. Obama seems set on giving us a dozen Irans that we will have to fight in 20 years.

unseen on May 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I fear BHO is laying the foundations of the next world war, brick by brick. And it might happen after he is out of office, perhaps millions will suffer.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

BiBi *heart*
He recognizes what a thin red line is.

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

When it gets to that point, where the muzzies will ask, beg Bibi…”we are willing to do anything for peace.”

Bibi merely has to reply, “Anything?’

“Yes, we will do anything.”

“Anything? Fine. Give me back Yoni.”

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Breaking News – President Obama responds:

Uh, uh, I, uh, America, uh, uh.

- Commander Transparent.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I’m sure Obama sent a harshly-worded letter…to israel…not Syria.

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

@KJ..sadly..I could believe it.

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Hey, Israel. We’ll swap leaders. Straight up. Whadduya say?

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Cross-border/cross-party insurance….

Assad wants a fall-back safe haven in case he loses in Syria; he’ll hae some well-armed friends in Hizb’Allah, in Lebanon. Iran keeps some influence in Lebanon IF Assad falls, and reassures Assad that they’ve got his back if he loses…

Win-Win all the way around, Hizb’Allah gets weapons, Iran keeps friends, Assad gets/keeps a back door….

Those Meddling Kids/Pesky Jooos got in the way….

Honestly though, Iran/Hizb’Allah let’s get smart here…ant-lines, not truck lines….small depots, not large caches…burro’s, taxi’s a few weapons at a time are the best way to go…that way it’s hard for Eretz Ysrael to justify the risk of several multi-million dollar F-16′s AND the risk of a POW, for just a “few” Kornets or SA-16′s….People are cheap…weapons cost something…so use people, 1,000 SA-16′s delivered 5 at at time, beats 500 SA-16′s delivered and 500 blown up in an air raid.

JFKY on May 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Damn ….. the Mossad is good !
.
As long as Syria says “it never happened”, what can our fearless leader say in criticism of Israel ?

listens2glenn on May 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Hey, Israel. We’ll swap leaders. Straight up. Whadduya say?

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

.
Dittos !

listens2glenn on May 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Hey, Israel. We’ll swap leaders. Straight up. Whadduya say?

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

How is that going to work, again?

They have more suicide bombers than we have.

I can still recall the Lebanon campaign led to a glorious exit by President Reagan.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

…..get ready Syria, the Caliphate is coming.

PappyD61 on May 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

In rebel controlled areas, to include parts of Damascus, it’s already instituted.

hawkdriver on May 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

There will never be peace in the ME.
Must contain it like dangerous bacteria.
Barry opens the tube..go forth and multiply.

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

coldwarrior
:(

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

The snide hipster douchebags at G a w k e r have really gone overboard in trying to drum up support for US intervention in Syria.

I find this hilarious. G a w k e r hates Israel, and really hates President George W. Bush, but they are making the exact same justifications for intervention in Syria that were made in 2002 for toppling Saddam Hussein.

Of course, newly-baptized converts to interventionism never mention the sectarian nature of the Syrian civil war, much less the role that Islamo-fascists play in leading the heroic rebels.

Nor do liberal and progressive interventionists acknowledge that one of the justifications for the Iraq War–one that I supported–has been proven wrong: the idea that secular western-style government could be easily implemented in the Islamic world. If Iraq didn’t prove that Islam and western ideals are not really compatible, the “Arab Spring” did.

MidniteRambler on May 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

…..get ready Syria, the Caliphate is coming.

PappyD61 on May 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Is there really a chance of a caliphate considering how much infighting we see going on right now? I imagine there would have to be a major realignment amongst all of these different groups just to keep them from calling a Caliphate 2020: How to Achieve meeting and everyone sending sucicide bombers as opposed to delegates.

preallocated on May 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

The difference is Israel’s leader doesn’t believe that the Call to Prayer of the suicide bombers is “one of the prettiest sounds on the face of the Earth”.

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

The conflict has become a lot more sectarian as a result — or, perhaps, it’s just the veneer of “democratization” has been eroded to the point where the true conflict is now apparent

Time to make more popcorn.

rbj on May 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

This country has a debt load like a “rent to own” customer in the ghetto.

We can’t toss out a bunch of illegals and have high gov’t officials gutting laws they should be enforcing.

We have oil rich areas with connected parties giving us every excuse to go wipe them out and steal their resources but our decency prevents us and God bless us for that.

And we have idiots worried about Afghanistan, Israel and Syria.

Israel is blessed and will take care of itself.

I genuinely like many Muslims and some aspects of their culture.

However, a lot of people should thank Allah for Barack Obama and the fact that somebody like me isn’t in there.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

BiBi *heart*
He recognizes what a thin red line is.

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Bibi understand that when you draw a red line you had better be prepared to back it up, unlike President McChoomer.

slickwillie2001 on May 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Yep.

And I am sure Israel’s leaders never said “The future does not belong to those who slander the Prophet.”

Know your enemy.

Rule #1.

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Is there really a chance of a caliphate considering how much infighting we see going on right now? I imagine there would have to be a major realignment amongst all of these different groups just to keep them from calling a Caliphate 2020: How to Achieve meeting and everyone sending sucicide bombers as opposed to delegates.

preallocated on May 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Yep. We should be doing all we can to stimulate a war between sunni and shia izlam, and arm whoever appears to be losing on a weekly basis. Hopefully the last two will shoot each other in a decade or two.

slickwillie2001 on May 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Good. Let them kill as many Arabs as they d@mn well please. They have to live in the middle of those woman-beating, suicide-bombing barbarians anyway. Let us stay out of it and that includes scolding Israel.

MelonCollie on May 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Ok. I am sorry that his style preferences bother you.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Ooooo, that is bad.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

MelonCollie on May 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

You mean woman “disfiguring and killing” and slave owning barbarians.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Ok. I am sorry that his style preferences bother you.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Actually, it’s obama’s Marxist Political Philosophy and incompetacy that bothers me. tremendously.

The good news is: He is fast becoming a Lame Duck.

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I talked to two separate groups of blacks on O last week, one after the Saudi scandal involving slavery.

By the time I was through, they were ready to follow me right down the street.

Conservatives do not understand blacks or other small groups in this nation.

And would someone get Reince a scramble phone?

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Anyone have a guess why blacks are against gay unions? Anyone?

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Did someone detect urine in their all bran, high-fiber flaked breakfast food this morning?

hawkdriver on May 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

hawkdriver on May 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Evidently.

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Well, the family oriented blacks cherish some things that don’t mean to be anything to us.

They remember the horrible history of their women being taken and used. The idea that they couldn’t have a lifetime mate..

And today..a victory is no abortions in a pretty young girl. A marriage certificate. A steady job. A black guy with a beautiful black bride.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

The punchline will be if O does nothing about the Saudis and goes gunning in Syria, esp. when connected with the other wars we have going.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

wth?

I have to keep rereading the thread title.

hawkdriver on May 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

What in the world does the status and beliefs of Black Americans have to do with the subject of this thread?

LSD Flashback?

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

McLame wants us in Syria and can’t seal the border.

I have a childhood story about somebody drinking urine out of a beer bottle but I can’t tie it to Syria.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Oh God.

@hawk..me too.

Air strikes to blacks and gays.
Eye -eye rolled so hard..one came out.

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

That we are powerless with some problems like debt, poverty or offending Saudis but want to go solve Syria’s civil war issues.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Hey, Israel. We’ll swap leaders. Straight up. Whadduya say?

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Do you really hate Israel that much? Can’t we swap him to another country, like Estonia?

RoadRunner on May 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

hawkdriver on May 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I think there is a bee buzzing around in an enclosed area.

OldEnglish on May 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

We are not powerless. This country’s leadership has its own agenda and is incompetent. Therefore, they need a distraction for their growing Lame Duck Status. They are pushing to intervene in Syria, as they have in Egypt and Libya., to take attention away for what Obama and his minions are doing in America.

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

RoadRunner on May 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I believe Israel is the land that God promised His Chosen People.

I just want Obama out of power and out of our country. Heck, He can take the Virgin Shuttle Trip to Mars, and that would be fine with me. Mooch could be the stewardess.

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

OldEnglish on May 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

There would be something buzzing at the thought of Obama running Israel.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

kingsjester on May 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Ok. I agree. I don’t understand the motives but the program sucks.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Can’t we swap him to another country, like Estonia?

RoadRunner on May 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Miks sa vihkad Eastonians?

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

There will never be peace in the ME.
Must contain it like dangerous bacteria.
Barry opens the tube..go forth and multiply.

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Is Maine at war ?

Lucano on May 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

RoadRunner on May 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

My guess is that Obama would get about 5% of the vote there.

I don’t know about polls in Estonia but everyone I met east of Germany was mystified as to why any sane country would elect Barack Obama.

They did praise “Bush Legs” and “Nixon Wheat” and Exxon if that gives you a clue as to the people I met.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I wouldn’t do that to Israel – they’ve suffered enough.

OldEnglish on May 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

They were laughing and giving us “ZERO” chance to win in Afghanistan or anywhere else. And that prejudice could be be part of the equation on Syria’s gas and weapons trade adventure.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

A good number of them hated Vlad Putin. But they would take him over O, although I never posed the exact question there.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

They remember President Reagan. Russia still has beggars on the streets with limbs missing and signs saying “from Afghanistan”.

Maybe we should look to our own valiant injured b/4 going after Syria.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

…wonder when the politburo press will call for the US people to rise up for our freedoms?

More likely a call for us to submit and assimilate and become one with the collective.
Freedom is so overrated.
Personal responsibility is hard.

hawkeye54 on May 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Iranian weapons continue to pour into Syria from Iraq but also increasingly along other routes, including via Turkey and Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, Western officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Iraqi and Turkish officials denied the allegations.

They are coming from Russia, too. Which shares a border with Turkey and Iran.

This is further evidence that borders mean little in that part of the world.

Which makes UN sanctions and arms embargoes ineffective and futile in that part of the world.

farsighted on May 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Maybe we should look to our own valiant injured b/4 going after Syria.

What better way to continue to run down the effectiveness and morale of our military than to get involved in yet another muslim conflict in which we have no vital national interest at stake.

If Barry continues to mire us into these never ending conflicts along with downsizing our military, the attractiveness of serving may wane. To meet his requirements in his overseas adventures, either more immigrants eager to earn the promise of citizenship will be sought, or Barry’s gonna have to reinstate the draft.

hawkeye54 on May 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

with Sunnis … battling Shi’ites and members of Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.

Someone help me out here. I’m having trouble figuring out how Muslims killing Muslims is something I need to get worked up over or even care about in the slightest.

Odysseus on May 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

The strength of Hisb’allah has always been with the southern Lebanese locals. They hold no greater political power with Syria. They are a distraction.

John the Libertarian on May 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Odysseus on May 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

They apparently need more suicide squads…

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

…wonder when the politburo press will call for the US people to rise up for our freedoms?

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

They won’t. The democrats will be ‘giving’ us all the freedoms we need.

trigon on May 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Someone help me out here. I’m having trouble figuring out how Muslims killing Muslims is something I need to get worked up over or even care about in the slightest.

Odysseus on May 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Well Al Qaeda, was basically a Sunni-Saudi splinter group, Usama called for the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy…the US, remember 9/11, became involved in what was basically a Saudi insurgency against their monarchy.

So yeah, Muslims killing Muslims, IS a big deal…or rather can be a Big Deal.

Is it a big deal here, mayhap not, UNLESS Syria ends up like Lebanon in 1980′s, or like Somalia in the 1990′s, or Yemen most recently… a lawless state where all sorts of radicals can take up residence and plot Death to the Infidel…..THEN it will be a problem.

JFKY on May 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

All in all the last 5 or 6 years has been a total disaster in the mid East and here at home. We have a president with a cadre of Islamists that wants “the most beautiful sound in the whole world” to waft out over the air 5 times a day, and is willing to do anything to get it done. He goes to Mexico to apologize for him giving weapons to the cartels through fast and furious, what a man.

jainphx on May 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

There will never be peace in the ME.
Must contain it like dangerous bacteria.
Barry opens the tube..go forth and multiply.

bazil9 on May 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Correct.

According to
Genesis 16:12

But a divine message was given to Hagar, telling her to return. It also reassured her that her son would have many descendants—but descendants with traits that would be evident throughout their history: “I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count … You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael ['God hears'], for the LORD has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers” (verses 10-12, New International Version).

http://www.ucg.org/bible/1/GEN/16/4/#v4

avagreen on May 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Further,

This description of Hagar’s descendants is significant because many of today’s Arabs are Ishmaelites—descendants of this same Ishmael, whose father was Abraham. Muhammad, the founder and prophet of Islam, was descended from Kedar, one of the 12 sons of Ishmael (Ismail in Arabic). Today 22 nations in the Middle East and North Africa are Arabic nations, most of whose people are adherents of Islam. An additional 35 countries are members of the Islamic Conference, most of them with Islamic governments, but whose people are of different descent.

http://www.ucg.org/booklet/middle-east-bible-prophecy/sons-abraham/

avagreen on May 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

“Perhaps that would finally discredit both movements in that region, and propel the peoples there to rise up in a real freedom movement.”

Can’t we just let two groups who hate us kill each other in peace? When are you gonna let go of the neocon fantasy about some supposed desire for freedom lurking in the Muslim bosom? It ain’t there, Ed. Just more hatred and revenge fantasies.

boko fittleworth on May 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

JFKY on May 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Great idea! A preemptive war just while we are powerless to control spending or illegals in our own nation.

And by the way, if you push immigration far enough, the amnesty granters all go down the path of “we can’t deport 12 million people” then they leave the idea that logistics is impossible.

Despite what snarkdriver said above, that kinda resembles powerless to me.

boko fittleworth on May 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Give this person a cigar.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

avagreen on May 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

That is all true!

I think that Ishmael was half beast.

So what?

Hitler’s ideas about natural enemies and genetics actually make more sense and we are going to ignore all those wonderful guides. They were so successful last time.

Then we have the old standby of killing the Christkillers but Bill O. seems to blame the Romans in his book. As a Catholic, he can’t want us to bomb Rome.

What to do…

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Newt was in South Carolina with the beautiful wife and has an opinion.

It would be a major mistake to put American troops in Syria.
No one in the region wants us invading yet another country.
None of our allies want our strength diverted from Iran.
There is no practical mission American forces could accomplish without a very large commitment.
America has three practical interests in Syria.
Of the highest urgency is keeping the large Syrian chemical weapons stockpile from getting into the hands of terrorists. Imagine the Boston bombing with a chemical weapon and you can immediately see why containing the Syrian chemical weapons is a very high, practical value for the United States.
Second, it would be helpful in containing and undermining Iranian power if the Assad dictatorship (its only major ally) were to fall.
Third, there is significant risk in having millions of refugees destabilize Jordan and weaken Turkey.
None of these interests justify a major American military campaign in Syria.

That is the gist of it from his newsletter.

IlikedAUH2O on May 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I’m sorry Like Goldwater, did I advocate “preemptive war” I must have missed that…what I said was it’ll be a big deal if Syria ends up like Lebanon in the 1980′s, base camp for terrorists….but hey you hear what you want to hear.

JFKY on May 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM