With American forces tied down providing air cover for rebels in al Qaeda-infested Benghazi, the United States has committed forces that it could have used to enforce a no-fly zone over its real enemy in Damascus.
So far, Syrian government forces have killed at least 61 people and the unrest appears to be widespread. Now, the Obama administration is strangely silent on matters that might actually intersect with American vital interests. After all, it was the Syrians that were covertly building a nuclear weapons program that Israel destroyed in 2007.
But when intervention makes no logical sense, the President commits American resources with wild abandon, apparently on behalf of the United Nations rather than on behalf of American interests.
To be fair, the case for taking action against Syria would be a very hard one to build, given that it would be very difficult to predict the outcome. That said, one could make a much firmer case here, than one can make for our ridiculous misadventure in Libya.
Now, protests are boiling in Jordan, a key U.S. regional ally. Why shouldn’t they? When the people can now reasonably expect the United States might intervene, it makes sense for them to react this way. After all, the administration has already abandoned former allies Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Qaddafi. It is only logical for Jordanians to expect President Obama to turn on King Abdullah II as well.
The United States could strike a blow against its enemy in Tehran by supporting the enemies of Iran’s Syrian proxy. However, this option is unlikely because of current resource constraints in Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan.