Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk

The Atlantic has the article Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk. At the end of this blog post, I’ll give credit to the instigator of my search for this article.  I can only give a hint to the value of reading this article by posting a small part of the 13th and final question addressed by the article.

13:      So what could we possibly gain from an attack on Syria?
Finally, if the missile attacks do succeed in “degrading” the Syrian government,  it may read the signs as indicating that fighting the war is acceptable so long as chemical weapons are not employed. They may regard it as a sort of license to go ahead in this wasting war.   Thus, the action will have accomplished little.  Thus,  as General Zinni points out, America will likely find itself saddled with another long-term, very expensive and perhaps unwinnable war.   We need to remind ourselves what Afghanistan did – bankrupting the Soviet Union  – and what Iraq cost us — about 4,500 American dead, over 100,000 wounded, many of whom will never recover, and perhaps $6 trillion.

Can we afford to repeat those mistakes?

Read the rest of the article for much, much more.

President Obama, American public opinion is providing you the last exit before you hit the quagmire.  Why not show how you are different from all the Presidents and other world leaders that went before you by taking this exit?

Now for the credits.  In a comment on my previous post, Obama Warned on Syrian Intel, reader MardyS suggested the article quoted above by way of Bill Moyers staff’s article Trying to Make Sense of Syria? Here’s Our Essential Reader.  I found the Moyers article it by using the title given by Mardy and putting it into a Google search.

The Moyers article is where I found the link to The Atlantic article Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk.

At this point Sharon, my SO, is getting hungry (as am I), and wants me to stop picking loose threads and unraveling any more sweaters.  This is the reason why I have not yet searched for the hinted at Part 1 of this article.

After dinner, I found Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 1: Stevenson and Lofgren.

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