Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution states that, "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."
As much as the interventionist in both parties want the US military to take action against the Assad regime in Syria for its use of chemical weapons any military action our country might take would give aid and comfort to the Al Qaeda fighters that infest the Syrian rebel movement and would therefore be treasonous.
Of the build up to military action in Syria the Washington Post reports:
President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country’s civil war, according to senior administration officials.
The timing of such an attack, which would probably last no more than two days and involve sea-launched cruise missiles — or, possibly, long-range bombers — striking military targets not directly related to Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, would be dependent on three factors: completion of an intelligence report assessing Syrian government culpability in last week’s alleged chemical attack; ongoing consultation with allies and Congress; and determination of a justification under international law.
“We’re actively looking at the various legal angles that would inform a decision,” said an official who spoke about the presidential deliberations on the condition of anonymity. Missile-armed U.S. warships are already positioned in the Mediterranean.
For months Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have called on the US government to provide weapons and training to the Syrian rebels. Congressman Peter King(R-NY) supports President Obama launching cruise missile strikes against the Assad regime as reported by National Review Online yesterday.
I cannot stress strongly enough how wrong these moves are. Any action we take against Assad, whether it is cruise missile strikes to cripple his air force, or strikes against his munition stockpiles, or attempts to destroy his Weapons of Mass Destruction, will have the effect of tipping the scales in favor of the Syrian rebels who are teaming with Al Qaeda terrorist including many from Iraq who have attacked and killed scores of American soldiers over the years.
It is not like the link between the Syrian rebels and Al Qaeda isn't know, just take a look at these headlines.
We also know that the Al Qaeda elements in Syria have been committing atrocities of their own. They have executed children. Kidnapped and killed Christian pastors and Muslim Clerics. They have even executed truck drivers and a whole lot more.
I know that the deaths of hundreds of people at the hands of the Assad regime from the use of chemical weapons is bad, but for crying out loud we have to think about things before leaping to an emotional response to a sad but serious situation.
There is no getting around the fact that any military act that the United State might take will have the direct result of helping Al Qaeda's cause and efforts in Syria.
Given that Al Qaeda terrorist have killed thousands of American citizens over the decades and countless more US soldiers on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan I cannot understand why the Obama administration let alone John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Pete King want to help them achieve their goals in Syria.
If we take action in Syria that results in the toppling of Assad we will be handing Al Qaeda a new home base from which they can launch their Jihad with relative impunity. Worse we may very well end up putting those chemical weapons into the hands of our sworn enemy, and make no mistake if Al Qaeda gets chemical weapons(or any other form of WMD) they will use it against us and our allies.
I don't want the actions of this nation to result in Al Qaeda being able to release chemical gas containers on the civilian population of Israel. We really don't want Al Qaeda terrorist having the means and ability to smuggle those chemical weapons out of Syria and into Europe or heaven forbid here at home.
I get it that Assad is a bad guy but trying to take him out or denigrate his ability to retain power is not in our nations best interest. Giving Syria to Al Qaeda isn't in our nations best interest either.
There is no good outcome in Syria, we don't have a side that we can support there. Which is why we should not take any military action.
I might be willing to support some military action against the Assad regime if that action was coupled by an equal or greater military effort to kill or capture scores of Al Qaeda fighters in Syria. But given what we are hearing out of Washington about intervention in Syria I have zero expectations that anything will be done to drastically reduce the numbers of Al Qaeda terrorist operating in Syria.
Hopefully cooler heads will prevail in the coming days and any military action against Assad will be nixed.
However, if President Obama gives the order to the US military to attack Assad there has to be an immediate effort made to have him, and any member of Congress that supports this military intervention, charged with treason.