by Mark A. Cohen
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We found WMDs? Let’s react differently this time.
I admit that I supported the war in Iraq due to Saddam Hussein’s horrific use of chemical weapons against his own people. These were called, “weapons of mass destruction,” or WMD. Many on the left now ask, “Why not now?” Sometime around 2010 I realized that with the poor condition of the American economy, we could not afford another conflict. The vastly radicalized Middle East, public opinion, the lack of progress in Iraq - and the left - all convinced me that our best interest lay in staying out of it. Peace, man. Many said that the people in Iraq didn’t learn anything from our presence and insisted that we were not the world’s police force.
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Our Nobel Peace Prize winning president now wants to lob a few missiles Syria’s way because Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. The question I ask is, “Why now?” What caused the change of heart, and how is it even possible when the left protested so vehemently against “Bush’s War?” President Obama promises the strike will be small, swift, won’t bog us down for years in a new conflict (how do we know that?), but will teach Syria a lesson. What will Syrian President al-Assad learn that the radicals in Iraq didn’t?
Were you convinced that the U.S. should use military force against Syria?
”What kind of a world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas, and we choose to look the other way?” No, that’s not President George W. Bush justifying the war in Iraq, it’s a quote from President Barack Obama’s Sep. 10, 2013 speech! President Obama addressed the nation and tried to convince us that his choice to strike Syria is the right one. In the next breath he urged Congress to delay voting their support for his decision. Isn’t this lack of direction (or is it misdirection?) stunning? President Kennedy (D-MA) once said that a few advisors in Vietnam would be all we’d need. President Johnson (D-TX) escalated that war (which, by the way, took a Republican president to end it). After so many said we would not get involved in global conflicts, how can we believe the current president?
Now and Later.
President Obama said a year ago that if Syrian’s president used chemical weapons against his own people it would cross “a red line.” He doesn’t want to appear weak by doing nothing, but I maintain that he does not wish to strike Syria at all. I think he wants to distract Americans from the poor economy (lack of jobs). He’d like you to not pay attention to the myriad of scandals - his administration’s failure to protect our people in Benghazi, the IRS’ targeting of conservatives, and the massive data collection – the ‘spying on Americans’ discussion.
It’s possible that al-Assad used WMD…
While the magician waves one hand, you don’t notice that something else is happening in the other. So, take your eye off the lack of jobs, the massive over-printing of money, and the second Obama administration’s incompetence. Look at Syria, instead. Ignore the significance of the 12th anniversary of 9/11, the glory of the new World Trade Center Tower, and for heaven’s sake, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
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Mark A. Cohen currently sits on the committee which hosted the previous Castle Rock Writers Conference on October 13, 2012. He is currently their Vice-Treasurer. The group, whose motto is Rock Solid Writing, is seeking their 501c3.
Please save the date: Castle Rock Writers will hold the Castle Rock Writers Conference on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock, Colorado. Please visit The Castle Rock Writers web page for more information.
Mark A. Cohen will soon be a published author, as the Castle Rock Writers are under contract to write and publish The Chronicles of Douglas County, Colorado, in 2014.
Mark A. Cohen spoke for about 20 minutes at the Coffee4Conservatives meeting at the Firehouse on State Road 83, in Franktown, CO, on Oct. 21, 2012.
Mark A. Cohen spoke for about 30 minutes at the Douglas County Republicans’ First Friday Breakfast in Parker, CO, held at The War Horse Inn, on Dec. 2, 2011.
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