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August 26, 2013 - 7:51 am

Watch the rolling live blog at the Guardian and you’ll get a sense of how upside-down the world is becoming. The United States has very few friends and many enemies involved in the fighting in Syria. But President Obama’s ill-considered year-old remarks on the “red line” — use of chemical weapons — may be drawing us and our allies into the war on the side of al Qaeda, and the Russians, Iranians, and other assorted rogue and “non-aligned” states into the war on the side of the Syrian dictatorship.

Britain may recall parliament to consider military action.

The Russians are warning that using force without the UN Security Council’s approval would be a “grave violation of international law.” And the Russians will not approve the use of force.

The Obama administration says that it will apply John Kerry’s infamous “international test” to any military action in Syria. That could see us fighting a war that France or some other ally wants, but is incapable of fighting.

There’s no question that in an all-out war, the US would easily crush the Syrian regime in a one-on-one fight. But the Russians and Iranians have an open alliance with Assad, putting their credibility on the line if war should break out. So it may not be a one-on-one fight at all. It would be a proxy war and possibly an open war. And the US doesn’t fight all-out wars anymore. We have shackled our military with rules of engagement that favor our enemies, and in the Obama era we “lead from behind.”

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Have all the parties concerned gone mad ?
They are behaving like there will be no tomorrow.
Perhaps they know something about the world economy that we do not ?
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Not to worry. Likely the chemical weapons being used are some of those that Saddam transported over to Syria back before March 2003.

If only Bush had re-initiated combat operations in 2002, we wouldn't be seeing any of this now. Damn Bush for being the real ditherer here.

Isn't it great how Bush can be blamed for EVERYTHING?
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obviously since Assad has used chemical weapons the only sensible reaction is for our insane country to provide our allies in al-Qaeda with their own chemical weapons - to level the playing field (don't worry, further research has shown that al-Qaeda activists are actually freedom fighters, not terrorists, so this would be ok).
33 weeks ago
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And while all of this global unrest is beginning to boil over Obama once again hit the links. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/318675-obama-hits-the-links

Isn't it interesting that the Sequester hasn't affected the DC area military golf courses. Ft. Belvoir-open for business. Andrews AFB-open for business. Quantico USMC-open for business.

But no hot meals for our troops in Afghanistan. Can't afford it.
33 weeks ago
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But reduced mess hall facility privileges for multiple amputee SMs at Walter Reed (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/15/military-reverses-opens-dining-hall-to-wounded-warriors-after-fox-news/) … oh well, priorities … not nearly as important as POTUS’ golf game.
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