Replacing The Bush Doctrine With The Neville Chamberlain Doctrine In Iran And Syria
Supposedly, the hot new idea from the Iraqi Study Group is that we should try to convince Iran and Syria to help us in Iraq.
What a naive idea!
To begin with, Iran and Syria are terrorist supporting enemies of the United States and it’s in their interests to see us fail in Iraq. That’s particularly the case with Iran, which would love to see Iraq turn into a weak, Shia run, satellite state that they could control.
Since that’s the case, you can expect both nations to ask for the moon in order to get their help and then we can still expect them to screw us the first chance they get. Syria may want the Golan Heights back from Israel, approval to reoccupy Lebanon, or an end to the UN’s investigation of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, which will likely point the finger of blame at the highest levels of Syria’s government. On the other hand, Iran will likely demand that they be allowed to build nuclear weapons if they’re to help.
And, what sort of help are we asking for? We’re asking them to stop training and supplying insurgents and terrorists that are causing chaos in Iraq and attacking our troops. In other words, they’re committing acts of war against the United States and the idea is supposed to be that we’ll go to them with hat in hand and offer them goodies to stop picking on us. Put another way, the suggestion here is that the Bush doctrine be set aside so that we can pursue the Neville Chamberlain doctrine with Islamo-fascist run terrorist states that yearn for nothing more than our destruction.
Just about the only thing Bush has going for him right now is that he has been standing strong in the war on terrorism. If he gives that up to play pattycake with Syria and Iran, not only will it be counterproductive, it would cause the last remaining pillar of political support Bush has in the United States to crumble to earth as his staunchest supporters realized that he no longer had his heart in the fight against terrorism.