You know, I honestly can’t see how one can oppose the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and support attacking Syria today while retaining any semblance of coherence. Every argument being made about Bashar al-Assad could be made in spades against the other Ba’athist dictator, Saddam Hussein. Kept a minority in power at the expense of the majority of the people? Check. Ruthless dictator? Check. Invaded neighbors? Check. Used chemical weapons against his own people? Check.
In addition there’s a huge bill of particulars against Saddam Hussein, all supporting getting rid of him. He didn’t pay any special price for using chemical weapons against his own people, something he did to an enormously greater extent than Assad (assuming that Assad is, indeed, responsible). We were maintaining a “No Fly” zone and imposing sanctions before we even knew about it. Unless, that is, you think the justification for the invasion was his use of chemical weapons.
Doesn’t that mean that either Barack Obama was wrong in 2003, he’s wrong now, he was wrong on both, or he’s incoherent? That makes me uncomfortable. Please defend the president’s present position without attacking his position back in 2003. I’m having a hard time getting my mind around that.