Sen. Bob Corker: "What is it you're seeking?" Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "I can't answer that, what we're seeking." — Senate hearing on the use of force in Syria, Sep. 3
Unless President Obama is serious about Syria, vote no
WASHINGTON — We have a problem. The president proposes attacking Syria, and his top military officer cannot tell you the objective. Does the commander in chief know his own objective? Why, yes. "A shot across the bow," explained Barack Obama. (link)
While Charles Krauthammer is often one of my favorite pundits, I was disappointed that in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq that he was a cheer leader for that military action. I still think the war in Iraq was a mistake. However, in the war with Iraq we at least had clear objectives. When Senator Corker asked our top general what our objective is in Syria and he doesn't have a clue, then no one should even consider supporting military action against that nation. As Krauthammer explains, there appears to be no purpose in military action in Syria except for the President to avoid humiliation. Congress should not authorize military action against Syria!