In a recent Post, I suggested that individual Senators and Congressman on Foreign Affairs, https://thetruthoncommonsense.com/2013/03/20/congress-should-butt-out/. Consider the Civil War that has been going on in Iraq, between the Sunnis and the Shias, beginning just after the U.S., and Allies, occupied the country. Although the U.S. is mostly out of that country, what has happened since the American Forces invaded merely points to the old dilemma “…better the Devil you know, (than the the one you don’t)”.
Then, just look at the turmoil in Egypt, after the Citizenry ousted secular dictator Hosni Mubarak, as the first country to experience the “Arab Spring”. Egyptians wanted freedom, a functioning Economy and a secular government. Instead, they now have bloodshed in the streets, a National Police Force that is virtually on strike, women protesting against increased sex crimes, and skyrocketing inflation due to a mismanagement of the Country and its Economy, as noted in today’s NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/world/middleeast/egypt-short-of-money-sees-crisis-on-food-and-gas.html?hp&pagewanted=print.
Going back to the initial point of having just one spokeman for U.S. Foreign Policy. remember that several prominent Republicans, and perhaps a few Democrats, have recommended providing Arms and Ammunition to the Syrian Rebels. The point is, who do you back? Or, who do you trust? Remember that Iran tends to build relationships with the Islamic Factions, rather than the secular.
There are numerous Rebel Groups, both fighting the Syrian Army and, occasionally, each other. Recruits and volunteers are showing up, with ties to al Qaida, the Taliban, other Islamic Fundamentalists and Secularist elements, as well. And, let’s not forget about the considerable stash of chemicals weapons that we certainly don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. Even the recognized Leader of all rebels recently resigned in disgust.
In a recent report, it was noted that three Syrian provinces are controlled by Islamic Rebel Factions (perhaps more than one). Think about it, if Assad is ousted, will Islamic and Secular Rebels be at war, different Islamic Factions against ewach other or, perhaps, current Syrian Army groups might try to establish their territories.
And, so far, we haven’t really considered the religious differences. Unlike Iraq, Syria has more internal religious factions. And, as we have seen in other Middle Eastern countries, the Assad Regime is part of the minority Alawhite Sect, which is found mostly in the Latakia coastal region, in northwestern Syria. See the linked article from CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57576722/ap-master-plan-underway-to-help-syria-rebels-take-damascus-with-u.s.-approved-airlifts-of-heavy-weapons/.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Congress would just concentrate on issues like Budget Legislation, Gun Control, eliminating Pork Barrel Politics, and Ethics…and let the Administration run Foreign Affairs? That’s one area where we certainly don’t need too many cooks.