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Andrew McCarthy: Stay out of Syria

by Phantom Ace ( 17 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, CAIR, Hamas, Hezballah, Muslim Brotherhood, Republican Party, Special Report, Syria, The Political Right at April 8th, 2013 - 7:00 am


In recent years the “Conservative” foreign policy establishment has become addicted to war. Syria is the latest case where many prominent people on the Right are calling for war. The conflict pits some of the most evil organizations on the planet against each other. Yet the intelligentsia on the Right keeps calling for US interventions. Andrew McCarthy warns the Right not to fall for this pro-interventionist propaganda.

Those clamoring for American intervention in Syria — I should say, even more American intervention in Syria — have a lock on two influential drivers of conservative opinion, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages. They are also bedfellows on this issue with our Muslim Brotherhood–enthralled president, even if Mr. Obama’s skittishness about going all in has them a bit testy.

All of this puts the media wind at their backs. Repeated often enough and reported uncritically enough, the interventionists’ shallow story has thus become the narrative. And so we have: The Vacuum.

The Vacuum theme goes like this: The Middle East may be in flux, but our threat environment remains frozen in time — a Nineties warp in which Iran, singularly, is the root of all evil. In Syria now, we have a golden opportunity to hand the mullahs a crushing defeat. All we need to do is commit to toppling their client, Bashar al-Assad. Media spin thus suggests that Assad’s minority Alawite regime is responsible for each of the 70,000 killings and half a million displacements that Syrians have endured since the civil war began — as if the Sunni majority, led by the local Brotherhood affiliate with al-Qaeda as the point of its spear, were not carrying out reciprocal mass murders and an anti-Christian pogrom.


Syria hawks counter such scoffs by putting on their best Paul Krugman: The “freedom” stimulus was not a harebrained idea, it just wasn’t big enough. Put aside the fortune expended and the thousands of American lives sacrificed. It is not the nature of the Middle East but a void of American leadership that has the region waving al-Qaeda’s black flags. The Vacuum turns out to be the best all-purpose rationalization of failure since Barack Obama discovered George W. Bush.

The Syrian conflict is a cesspool that has drawn in the trash of humanity. We need to stay out of it and let them fight it out.

If there is any doubt that al-Qaeda is leading the revolt here is Ayman Al-Zawahiri praising the rebels and calling on them to establish a Caliphate.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaida, released an audio statement online through the organization’s media branch, as-Sahab, on Sunday calling for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate after the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


He called on the Syrian rebels to work to achieve an Islamic state: “Do all that you can so that your holy war yields a jihadist Islamic state.”

Stay out of Syria.

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17 Responses to “Andrew McCarthy: Stay out of Syria”
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  1. 1 | April 8, 2013 7:38 am

    You’d have thought we’d have had our fill of Middle East war, and you’d have thought that Libya and Benghazi would have taught us all we had left to learn abou t”Arab Democracy”, bu tyou’d be wrong. The people beating the drums of war here do not know what they are talking about. We need to stay out of Syria. There are no good guys to back here. It is all shades of the blackest evil. The best we can hope for is a long, bloody war that kills as many of these thugs on both sides as possible. Something that ties al Qaeda down, and keeps them from hatching plots to kill more of our Ambassadors.

  2. 2 | April 8, 2013 8:11 am

    Sit back & let ’em kill each other off.

  3. 3 | April 8, 2013 8:22 am

    FLASH! BARONESS THATCHER DEAD AT 87! May God rest her brave soul. I believe Ronald Reagan and John Paul The Great have already welcomed her into Heaven.

  4. rain of lead
    4 | April 8, 2013 8:23 am

    Lady Margaret Thatcher Has Died

  5. 5 | April 8, 2013 8:24 am

    Britain’s best PM since Churchill.

  6. 6 | April 8, 2013 8:25 am

    @ Mike C.:

    And (for those who don’t know) a chemist by education and early work history.

  7. 7 | April 8, 2013 8:25 am

    The Iron Lady is no more. Rest in peace Maggie.

  8. 8 | April 8, 2013 8:29 am

    That is sad. She lived a long, good life, and did a lot of good work. Britain will likely never know her like again.

  9. 9 | April 8, 2013 8:37 am

    While we fight over gun Control, the British are already on the next step and are going after knives. It is never enough for the gun controllers. They want the people disarmed in the face of criminals and, of course, the all-powerful State. It isn’t about crime control for these people. It is about people control. They’ll never have enough people control until everything that is not mandatory is illegal.

  10. African Moondog
    10 | April 8, 2013 8:38 am

    PaladinPhil wrote:

    The Iron Lady is no more. Rest in peace Maggie.

    The Last British Prime Minister with balls.

  11. Speranza
    11 | April 8, 2013 8:45 am

    PaladinPhil wrote:

    The Iron Lady is no more. Rest in peace Maggie.

    Terribly sad news!

  12. huckfunn
    12 | April 8, 2013 8:53 am

    I have nothing but respect and admiration for Margartet Thatcher. Leaders like her come around only once in a lifetime, if then. Her memory makes the current occupier of the WH look puny, weak and insignificant by comparison.

  13. 13 | April 8, 2013 8:55 am

    WOrking on a new thread.

  14. 14 | April 8, 2013 9:06 am

    New Thread.

  15. Buffalobob
    15 | April 8, 2013 3:03 pm

    Pull out all of our troops from the cesspool that is the Mideast.

  16. darkwords
    16 | April 9, 2013 2:56 pm

    Orson Scott Card ‏@orsonscottcard 1h
    If you could make a gate to any place in the world, where would it take you? #TheLostGate #TheGateThief

    Nowhere in Syria

  17. lobo91
    17 | April 9, 2013 3:10 pm

    @ darkwords:

    Someplace with lots of open space.

    The inside of Joe Biden’s head, for example.

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