On President Obama’s proposed hit and run intervention into the Syrian civil war, there are, as Donald Rumsfeld might say, “the known knowns; …things that we know. There are known unknowns; …things that we now know we don’t know. And there are also unknown unknowns –…things we do not know we don’t know.”
To start with “the known knowns,” it is or ought to be plain, from a “pragmatic” point of view, that it would be hard to think of anything dumber than what Obama has in mind.
In making his case for setting Bashar Al-Assad right, Obama emotes copiously about the children killed in suburban Damascus – allegedly by “the Assad regime’s” poison gas. We know beyond a reasonable doubt that intervening with American bombs and missiles into the combustible mix that Syria has become is a recipe for guaranteeing that many more children will die. If it really were Syrian children that Obama cares about, he would do less harm by advising them to play outside while their elders kill and maim one another.