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Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Echoes of Cambodia: Marines "In Hot Pursuit" on the Syrian Border Posted by Hello
Good morning to all aboard the blog. Hope all is well. Today's topic of discussion is the Iraqi War (also known as Energy War #2) and how it is slowly (but surely, mind you) spreading, expanding and is now encroaching upon the Syrian border. Before I delve into this, I first want to say that 8 May 2005 was the 60th Anniversary of V-E Day (Victory-in-Europe), or, the day the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of all German land, air and sea forces and (effectively) thus ending World War II in the European Theatre of Operations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-E_Day). Of course, it would be another four months (in conjunction with a massive fire-bombing campaign and two, dropped atom bombs courtesy of Gen. Curtis LeMay and his XXI Bomber Command) before the Japanese Empire capitulated, ending World War II altogether. Yes, indeed, sixty years ago this year the most devastating war in all of human history (http://www.emayzine.com/lectures/WWII.html) came to an end. Yet, here we are sixty plus years later on the brink (potentially) of another world war. Like the Bob Dylan song, I can feel this one blowing in the wind and its labeled "coming soon to a theatre of operations near you". Ladies and gentleman, this current Administration (in my humble estimation) is maneuvering to attack Syria sometime this year. For my fellow veterans, military historians, analysts, operations officers, etc. this is not news. We've known this for awhile. It's 2005, the U.S. Presidential election is over and this is now the "mean season" in terms of increased military operations. No pesky reelection to worry about, as far as the neocons are concerned it's now time to go for broke. In fact, if I had to bet (and I'm not a betting man) the odds are far greater that the U.S. will attack Syria than attack North Korea (although it is looking more and more everyday that a "nuclearizing" North Korea is also on the chopping block). Indeed, with U.S. Marines vis a vis "Operation Matador" (http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/news/51005-homeland-matador.html) operating as close as six-ten miles from the Syrian border (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3195764.stm), it will only be a matter of time before this thing spills over into Syria (which it probably already has) and gets blown all the hell out of shape. It's only a matter of time before Syrian forces begin to engage U.S. forces in a way that cannot be minimized or "spun-down" so as not to be politcally inflammatory or exacerbating. Once you start conducting military operations on someone else's border, you create a very rich environment for serious misunderstandings and miscommunications. So, my question is this: when (not if...when) the United States attacks Syria proper, with the primary mission (primarily) being to neutralize and eradicate insurrgent platforms/bases of operation, neutralize Ba'ath leadership elements in exile (a la follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail into Cambodia in early 1970 , http://chnm.gmu.edu/hardhats/cambodia.html), as well as, facilitate the dismantling of the Basir Assad regime...what will happen next? Will this be a blip on the radar, or will there be severe consequences in terms of America's foreign policy worldwide and especially in the Middle East? How will the Arab world react to an expansion of the Iraqi War into other corners of the Middle East? Won't it begin to look more and more like a reincarnation of the Crusades (http://www.kingdomofheavenmovie.com/), just 21st-century style? In summation, Bush and his cronies had/have no idea what they were/are doing and I'm afraid they have set in motion events that are destined to spin out of control; as in the great film 'All the Presidents Men', we will all find ourselves like Kenneth H. Dahlberg...in the middle of something and we won't know what. Feedback and analysis encouraged. Semper Fidelis.

3 Comments:

Blogger DBK said...

Two things. One, the rest of the world is not stupid. They see what is going on. If Syria gets attacked, the lesson will be complete. Pakistan has nukes and more resident terrorists than any other country, so they are our friends. Iran has or soon will have nukes, so nothing really significant will happen to them. Korea has nukes, so for all the bluster, it's hands off time over there. Now every small country that foments terrorism and either might be a target of the US for that reason, or that has significant oil production, will be trying to get nuclear weapons. And you can bet that Our pals in Pakistan and Russia will sell them the technology.

The second thing, with respect to your mention of WWII, is you are welcome, on behalf of my Dad (two bronze stars and some other awards-he was in the European theater).

12:41 PM  
Blogger oyster said...

MarineLiberal: unfortunately, I think your prediction is totally reasonable, but I would still bet against a major, non-covert operation against Syria. Especially this year.

The neocons "going for broke" (and perhaps ONLY that) could well cost the GOP its congressional majorities. I know the public is tired of "Energy War 2", as you call it. Wouldn't the potential for political backlash be too great, even if there were a border engagement or two?

Also, saying the chances of a Syrian invasion being greater than that of a N. Korean invasion doesn't resonate with me, as I think the latter possibility exceedingly remote. Unless Kim sends a missile our way or we videotape him selling bombs to Al-Qaeda, I don't think we want to mess with that.

I'm both tantalized and horrified by your confident prediction about Syria, though. You can't put anything past this administration. And I know one thing: if Bushco is planning to do it, the seeds will be planted throughout the media in advance. And not in a very subtle way. I just think a battle with Syria would incur serious political backlash, and I doubt Rove wishes to risk that.

8:04 PM  
Blogger oyster said...

Then again, perhaps I'm not reading closely enough.

After reading your post, I caught this observation at another blog. Interesting.

8:24 PM  

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