So, this exemplar du jour raises a bunch of questions for me:
- How unaware are the organizers of the credibility black holes known as Doug Feith (seen by many as semi-responsible for many of the early horrible decisions/implementations of the Iraq war); L. Paul Bremer (whose Coalition Provisional Authority was better known as Can't Produce Anything but more insurgency by firing the Iraqi military) and Robert MacFarlane (Iran-Contra, anyone)? What value do these guys add? Ok, what positive value do these guys add to such a letter? Hey, we blew it the last time we were responsible for US policy in the Mideast but trust us now? Oy freakin' vey!
- Perhaps the organizers are not clueless but powerless? That Doug, Jerry and Bob (and yes, I am using over-familiarity with first names because I do have just a wee bit of contempt for these folks) found out about the letter, and the organizers did not have the heart or will to keep them out of the meeting/club/whatever.
- Were any of the signers of this letter advocating safe zones alive and awake in 1994-95? Srebrenica mean anything to them?
- Are they unfamiliar with the fact that the US is already way over the war cap? Hey, if they want a war, could they please tell us all how the US should pay for it? The days of freebie wars are long gone.
Would I like to see the US intervene to stop the Syrians from shedding heaps of blood? Hell, yes. But wishing and wanting are not = good policy. What the US can do and what we want it to do are two different things. Until the advocates of a more aggressive effort can tell us how to pay for the effort, how to manage the post-Assad situation and so on, I will simply make fun of them for including such profound foreign policy failures on their list of august advocates of aggression.