Thoughts on Syria
No question that Syria is a mess. It is quite likely that chemical weapons were used against the Syrian people by their government. Last night the President spoke to the nation - unfortunately I did not watch it, but I have an understanding of what he argued for. We will use diplomacy with the help of Russia, and if that doesn't work stronger action will be taken. The President is trying to build support for military action, but it is not likely to come. Quite frankly, unless there are clearer objectives and a strategy that is in our national interest we should stay out of Syria.
Bashar al-Assad appears to be a cruel dictator, however, regime change does not ensure Jeffersonian democracy that favors American interests. Iraq is still a mess. Afghanistan is still a mess. Egypt is a mess. Libya is a mess. The "rebels" in Syria are unlikely to have strong pro-American views, so if we were to support them, it is likely that they to will be anti-American soon after they were to take power.
The moral argument that we have to protect children who are being gassed by the Syrian government is a compelling moral argument, but the U.S. is not the policeman to the world and there is no real national interest for the U.S. that I can see that would convince me that American blood and treasure should be spilled in Syria. I may change my mind, but for now there just isn't a reason that I can see.