I’m going to take a break from the usual depressing political farce to join the chorus of outrage on the recent depressing corporate farce, namely the United Airlines debacle. It’s shocking that an innocent consumer would be violently forced off of an airplane at the whim of the airline, but the outrage I’ve felt over this is compounded by the response of the CEO–a recent PRWeek Communicator of the Year!–that praised his employees’ behavior and reviled the poor man dragged away for being “disruptive and belligerent.” I think it’s wonderful that the world got a chance to see the real nature of this company before the story gets buried in fake apologies and false promises. I hope their stock tanks.
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I’m not a big Patrick Buchanan fan, but I do think that this recent post from him regarding US foreign policy on Syria was well written.
We have no vital national interest in Syria’s civil war. It is those doing the fighting who have causes they deem worth dying for.
For ISIS, it is the dream of a caliphate. For al-Qaida, it is about driving the Crusaders out of the Dar al Islam. For the Turks, it is, as always, about the Kurds.
For Assad, this war is about his survival and that of his regime. For Putin, it is about Russia remaining a great power and not losing its last naval base in the Med. For Iran, this is about preserving a land bridge to its Shiite ally Hezbollah. For Hezbollah it is about not being cut off from the Shiite world and isolated in Lebanon.
Because all have vital interests in Syria, all have invested more blood in this conflict than have we. And they are not going to give up their gains or goals in Syria and yield to the Americans without a fight.
And if we go to war in Syria, what would we be fighting for?
The answer is, probably for a very long time.