Too late for Syria: Radicals now rule the rebellion is the latest Piece from Ralph Peters in the New York Post and this one deals with the wisdom or folly of US intervention in Syria. I generally agree with Col. Peters as he is one of the few national security commentators that seems to have a realistic grasp of what America can and should do in the world. His ultimate take here is that the US should not touch the Civil War aspect of Syria with a ten foot pole and we should only act to secure chemical weapons stockpiles if that becomes necessary. I disagree with him that we should have been involved from the outset in an effort to shape post-Civil War Syrian politics.
We (the US and wider West) have no strategic interests in Syria except to see that WMD are not proliferated as a result of the fighting. We can do that by promising and then executing a devastating strike on any party that incontrovertibly makes use of such weapons. Of course, that begs the question of whether the current Western leaders can even credibly issue such a threat. I have no doubt that Russia or China could make such a threat and have it be credible, I am not so sure about the West. At this point we can only hope that the West stays out of Syria and all the R2Pers keep their traps shut before they put more brave young men and women’s lives at risk for their liberal ideals instead of national interests.