A simple question that few journalists ask, and even fewer politicians can effectively answer: what are America’s interests in Syria? Is it better for America to see Assad remain in power, to see him toppled and replaced with the so-called rebels, or to extend the conflict and allow Syria and other stakeholders to bleed? I vie for the third option.
It seems to me that America's involvement is for three reasons:
1. It wishes to contain Iran and negate it's nuclear ambitions. Syria is a steadfast ally of Iran's and a nation of no mean military strength. Therefore, bring about Syria's demise first then deal with a strategically weakened Iran.
2. he US/NATO alliance is operating at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Saudis promised Russia that they would stop the Chechnyan terrorists (which they have admitted to Mr Putin that they control) if Russia abandoned Syria. I expect that the western alliance has also been made promises by the Saudis, along the lines of peace and stable energy prices and supplies, for their assistance in kicking out Mr Assad. Europe, particularly, would benefit economically from substantially reduced energy prices (think 40% reduction).
3. In toppling these various regimes and installing the Saudi/Qatari controlled Muslim Brotherhood, I imagine that the west sees a considerable increase in their influence in the region - and a commensurate reduction in Russia's influence.
Now, there are clearly problems with all these scenarios - not the least of which is that the House of Saud should be trusted about as much as one would trust a rattlesnake - but to answer your question, that is why the US/NATO allaince is so determinedly involved, at least as I see it anyway...
apparently theblaze thinks we should be basing our foreign policy decisions on the politicians of Israel
KRY: The Obama Government by MSM, has " changed" the meaning of alliances too ! But I'm glad Israel has figured out where they stand with Obama : alone.
NZKIWI, "...that is why the US/NATO allaince is so determinedly involved..."
But the NATO countries are not determinedly involved. It is the US which is involved in something that has nothing to do with the security of the US.
The leaderships of the NATO nations were determined to deal to Mr Assad, but what you say is now true because the the general populations have been so vociferous in their condemnations of involvement that their leaders have been forced to back down.
And we must all be properly grateful for that...
August 19, 2013 at 7:08pm
I agree with Beck’s main thrust, except his hyperbolic characterisation of what’s taking place as a “genocide”. Not quite.
Genocide is in the eye of the beholder.
If your group is the target of it, clearly you will think it is.
If you are targeting a group, you won't think it is.
If you are an on-looker with the freedom to hem and haw over what it is, you are lucky and someday you will be next.
We get the meaning.
How many have to die for for you to be satisfied with its definition
Too bad we're reading about 'genocide' now, with regard to what is purported to be acts by the Egyptian military. I want to know about the genocide that occurred when Ghaddafi was being overthrown - I remember seeing a photo of a "righteous freedom fighter" shoving a knife up Ghaddafi's rear end, as he rested face down from the back of a pickup truck; I want to read about the genocide that was occurring when Hosni Mubarak was overthrown, and I want to know more about the genocide the muslim brothers hood is inflicting on the Coptic Christians.
Thank God for the Egyptian Army, and I pray they WIPE OUT the hood brothers.
@ KRYCH3K, You don't believe that the Muslim Brotherhood would kill all Christians if given the chance? Wake up!
August 7, 2013 at 10:06pm
I’m not gonna lie – when I first saw the headline I assumed this was gonna be a ruckus involving a certain category of black people. Perhaps I am a racist and need reeducation.
I was certain it would be the Mormons again.
Those Crazy Mormons......wait a second....
Do these women ever wear clothes that actually fit..........PSA.......If you look like that, do not wear those clothes......No one and I mean No one wants to see that.....I promise.
And yet the Liberals say Sarah Palin has problems.......OK.
If Mooshell had sisters......Maybe they are her sisters......Never invite them to MY White-house Please....!!
I lived in NJ for over a decade and I only checked out the story to see if I knew anyone because I knew more than a few (white) late night diner visitors who I could easily see the headline relating to.
I don't live there anymore!
Considering the price of beef, these women may want to consider covering themselves a little more.
no your not racist because if I see a mass killing of children I automatically think white people lol
Shoulda picked our own cotton. Just sayin…
I think if George and Thomas were alive.. THEY would say the same..
We could BLAME the Muslimes..they started all this BS...
SirhanSirhan's ancestors were slavers, no one ever mentions that..
@ MIBUGNU2- The way you spelled the word "should have" tells me there is still inbreeding in your family to this day. You slack jawed yokel!
it's not because you are "black" that you are not getting served honey. It's because you are violent and disrespectful. I wouldn't bake you biscuits. dog biscuits even.
July 29, 2013 at 1:50pm
Maybe it’s somehow cathartic for him. It may be self-serving and narcissistic (highly probably given his line of work), but it also may be a genuine expression of his feelings – nothing more, nothing less. I’ll reserve judgment because I don’t know anything about the man.
July 29, 2013 at 1:49pm
My first instinct is aligned with your perspective – what compels a person to broadcast moments that seem to me to be personal and intimate. I don’t want to ridicule him or denigrate his behaviour, because I’m open to the big possibility that there’s something I’m missing here, but I find it extremely strange that a grown man is doing this. Still, is it that much different than a person writing one’s memoirs and sharing personal and intimate details within that format? I’m reserve judgment.
July 23, 2013 at 8:12am
I wonder if Krauthammer can give her some psychiatric help with her sexual and “gender identity” mental issues.
July 18, 2013 at 4:57am
That’d be great. Get rid of the uninteresting and unconservative Cupp ad replace her with Loesch, who is not only much sharper and wiser, but more attractive. Get rid of Cupp!
July 17, 2013 at 11:07pm
She doesn’t speak three languages. It’s a lie parroted by Global Grind and other verminous left-wing hate sites. The language with which she has the most proficiency is English, so we can imagine just how “fluent” she is in Creole and Spanish (which fringe leftist sites falsely claim she speaks).
July 7, 2013 at 7:34pm
Once Teresa croaks (crossing my fingers!), I’ll be able to afford the 200-foot yacht I always wanted. I’ll name her, “Two-State Delusion”.
July 5, 2013 at 1:26pm
Shocking that a man of his wealth owns such a boat. I suspect he’s a very cheap and stingy man.
That's probably the kayak...to get to the boat..that takes him to the yacht.
You have forgotten that in 2010 John Kerry was docking his family's new "$7 million yacht" in neighboring Rhode Island, which allowed him to avoid paying approximately $500,000 in taxes to the cash-strapped Bay State.
July 2, 2013 at 7:40am
I guarantee you that Democrat officer would’ve shot the dog if it was a 20 pound miniature poodle for “lunging” and “threatening” him.
July 2, 2013 at 2:44am
Well said. The music is a great touch, too. It’s an awesome video.
July 2, 2013 at 2:27am
Exactly my sentiment. This is inevitable with the growth of the state and the growing autonomy of police forces and other law enforcement agencies. They are becoming less and less accountable to the public, and becoming more and more brazen in their abuses. Remember that they’re all unionised and overwhelmingly Democrat.
July 2, 2013 at 2:23am
Another fake conservative who reflexively defends all police officers regardless of what they do. You’ll be a great subservient cog in the machinery of the future leviathan.
July 2, 2013 at 2:21am
Is anyone else sickened by the reflexive support from fake conservatives towards police officers? As if they can do no wrong and have their lives at risk every minute of their working days? I guarantee you most, if not all of those officers, vote Democrat.
July 2, 2013 at 2:20am
Spare us this overdramatised “lunge”. The police made no effort to secure the dog once it jumped out of the vehicle, which they certainly have a moral obligation to do considering they were arresting its owner. The dog easily could’ve been secured if an inch of effort had been placed into doing so. Moreover, notice how the idiot police officer (who sheep like you reflexively defend by overexaggerating all of these imagined threats they face) keeps his gun trained on the dying dog as if it’s somehow a threat to him while in its death throes. You’d be a great member of the Democratic party.