“President Barack Obama promised Wednesday that any U.S. military strike at Syria would be a “shot across the bow” that avoids seeing America pulled into “any kind of open-ended conflict.”
But “if, in fact, we can take limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict — not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about — but if we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, stop doing this, that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term,” the president said.
So in other words, if we make a big show out of it but promise not to do anything of consequence, we can save face. And don’t worry. By promising not to do anything of consequence ahead of time, that won’t have any effect on anyone’s decision making, like just how much they can ignore it. It’ll scare the pants off of them, promise. We’re just firing a shot in the air, after yelling “Hey, I’m gonna just fire this shot in the air to let you know how truly unhappy I am, but it really doesn’t mean anything more than that.”
Stephen Green was right. Our foreign policy is no longer feckless. It’s just vapid.
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