Obama gets top Republican support on Syria strike.
It seems the only thing left to decide is not 'whether' but 'how.'
Dennis Mangan has started a thread on, "Why war?" This really could spark a regional even hemispheric conflict, though I doubt things get that out of hand (I hope and pray).
Why are bankrupt Western nations rushing headlong into a Muslim family feud? My unschooled opinion is first, as Dennis mentions, because they can. The US governing elite are bored, hubristic ideologues. Second, Israel wants the region outside its borders transformed into backwards, feuding hellholes. Their greatest existential threat is to be surrounded by technologically advancing Arab polities. Third, Mohammedan conquest, as Gulf Arabs work to smash the hated Shia and their Iranian allies. (Can anyone educate me on the roots of the Persian-Arab conflict?)
None of which, obviously, implicates any actual American interest. Of course, I'm presuming an actual American nation with its own interests. Here's how one purportedly American legislator justifies this commitment of US blood and treasure:
For me as a mother, to see that searing image of babies lined up, murdered by their own government, innocent children,” she continued. “I mean, as a Jew, Wolf, I have to tell you, as a member of Congress who represents one of the largest Holocaust survivor populations in the country, to me, the concept of never again, has to mean something. And the United States, morally, cannot turn the other cheek. Too many leaders of ours have regretted that decision.
As an American and a father, I think the Jews and the Sunni Arabs can bloody well fight this one themselves.