September 6, 2013

Letters to the editor: Global war could end U.S. empire

President Obama has been purposely mislabeled a socialist by rightists when he is every bit a neocon and neoliberal, a man who galvanized the anti-Bush, anti-war people of 2008, who neutralized and converted them into a cheering section for the same Bush-Cheney agenda of "total, endless war."

John Kerry
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Secretary of State John Kerry listens Wednesday during a hearing on President Obama’s request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, in response to a sarin gas attack.

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Funny how Democrats, liberals and progressives had a problem with George W. Bush doing that agenda, but don't with Obama. Ditto, Syria.

It's not that the Republican Party in Congress is anti-Syrian war or against throwing Tomahawks into the bowels of Bashar al-Assad's kingdom, it's that Obama is doing it.

They know full well that keeping the price down at the gas pump (along with their re-election chances) hinges on controlling the entire Middle East -- if not through puppet dictators, U.S.-Saudi-Qatar-United Arab Emirates money, arms and military juntas, then through "responsibility to protect" invasions.

For Obama loyalists, Tomahawks are OK -- in fact, "humanitarian" in Susan Rice logic -- because "our President" Obama's doing it. The same man who won a Nobel Peace Prize is now qualifying himself for the Humanitarian Imperialist Prize.

Speculation on whether an invasion of Syria could lead to global war between the U.S., its (dwindling) allies and Iran, Russia and China is clear, I believe, to Washington planners who think such a war can be won and should be won. Moreover, some say "it's a given" or it's "in the cards."

If so, such global war will be the beginning of the end of this empire.

Michael T. Bucci


Today I called and asked my representatives to vote against attacking Syria.

Our bombs will not bring Bashar Assad to justice for his atrocities, and they cannot protect civilians from his murderers.

Even with the best intentions, a bombing campaign broad enough to "degrade" Syria's obsolete but extensive military would expose civilians to more harm.

Some argue that we must respond because of credibility or deterrence, but those are empty words. We spent our credibility on catastrophic wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Instead of discouraging our enemies, we showed them how easy it was to drag a superpower into an unwinnable war and drain our resources, allies and willpower.

Those who believe wars like this advance our interests need to rethink their strategy.

If we attack, we will not save children. We will not make friends. We will not restore our image in the world. We will not be victorious.

Instead, the opposite will happen: Children will die under our bombs.

We will make new enemies. The world will see us yet again as a relentless aggressor. Victory will escape us. The ones we hoped to protect will be disappointed and embittered, and our foes will emerge with renewed vigor.

Instead of bombing another country filled with families just like ours, let's use our might to help the 6.5 million Syrians who are now refugees, half of whom are children.

We are already the biggest donor, which is something to be proud of, but the need keeps growing. Let's fund more schools and hospitals, so that this generation in exile can be strong and open-minded and rebuild their country.

Let's ease the strain on the infrastructure of Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

Let's earn some real credibility with millions of people instead of making enemies.

Luke Beland


Whenever we intervene militarily in other countries' issues, we inevitably lose lots of American lives and lots of money.

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