Immigration isn’t the only thing Marco Rubio is wrong on. He’s been arguing for months that we should get involved in the mare’s nest that is Syria. Our own Doug Bandow presents a cogent argument this morning against our involvement. We’ve no idea who “the opposition” is in Syria. But it undoubtedly contains jihadists and various others bad actors and free agents who are no improvement over the resident SOB, for Syrians or for America.
What’s going on in Syria now is very sad. But one would have to ignore history and be terribly naïve to bet that our sticking our oar in would makes things better in the medium or long run. In the short run it would simply increase the violence if we armed any group or became involved militarily ourselves. And don’t forget, just because we arm a group we think is benign doesn’t mean the arms will stay with that group. The entire Middle East is over-armed as it is, and full of scratchy people.
For those who believe I’ve listened to one too many Rand Paul speeches (I still say he’s a nutter), name one U.S. intervention after Korea that led to results anything like what those whooping up the intervention before hand said it would lead to. (OK, Grenada. But that was an afternoon’s one-off.) Without unintended consequences, we would hardly have any consequences at all.