If you thought that the reasons the Obama administration is contemplating attacking Syria was because they used chemical weapons to attack their own people and we as the moral guardians of the world could not allow that to happen, well, yeah, okay.
But there’s another reason, and it’s far more important.
A U.S. official briefed on the military options being considered by President Obama told the Los Angeles Times that the White House is seeking a strike on Syria “just muscular enough not to get mocked.”
“They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” the official told the paper, giving credence to similar reports describing a limited military strike in the aftermath of last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack.
NBC News reported earlier this week that the administration would launch three days of missile strikes, while CNN cited a senior administration official saying that the White House wanted to conclude any action before the president departs for the G-20 summit next week.
It’s always about that. Forget the possibility of killing more civilians, forget intervening in a civil war, forget recruiting more kids for al-Qaeda, and forget uniting the various in-fighting factions in the Middle East against a common outside enemy. It’s all about looking butch on the playground.