Romney’s Wants to Intervene in Syria

Today, Romney gave a speech at the Virginia Military Institute on foreign policy, and of course, how Obama’s done a terrible job at it. Most of it, in typical Romney fashion, wasn’t quite specific. But, one bit from the speech gave a pretty clear picture on Romney’s plans for the future:

“In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad…Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them…It’s essential we develop influence with those forces in Syria that will one day lead a country that sits at the heart of the Middle East.”

I don’t know how well Romney knows his history, but we’ve done exactly what he’s proposing…in Afghanistan.

Similar characters, same story, different (but nearby) locations.

The Afghan government was oppressive, but it was supported by one of our bitter enemies (Russia), just like Syria is supported by Iran. We tried to overthrow the government by supporting groups of rebels, who in Afghanistan, just happened to be radical Islamists, who later became Al-Qaeda. And, since we left the country in chaos after overthrowing their leadership, the Taliban was able to gain power in Afghanistan.

Do we want to go down that path again? Do we want to leave Syria in disarray, just so that terrorist groups can gain control of it? And do we want to start more wars fighting those same groups that we helped train? Obama says no, and I hope that you do too. 

Author: Edwin Jain

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