House Speaker exhibits hint of Wisdom on Syria

Yesterday, we reported on the desire of some Republican Senators – John McCain and Lindsey Graham – to help overthrow Syria’s Bashar al-Assad with airstrikes. We also explained why this is such a bad idea.

According to The Hill, House Speaker John Boehner is demonstrating that he may understand our view a bit better than his Senate colleagues:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that U.S. military involvement in Syria “at this point in time would be premature,” distancing himself from Sen. John McCain’s call for air strikes to protect civilians from a government crackdown.

McCain (Ariz.), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Monday took to the Senate floor to call for U.S. military action to stop the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Boehner on Tuesday was unwilling to go that far.

“I think the situation in Syria is pretty complicated,” he told reporters. “I think until there’s clear direction as to what’s happening there, involving ourselves at this point in time would be premature.”

Of course, this is politics and positions are often malleable but resistance to a strategy that involves supporting al-Qaeda and Hamas should be applauded.

h/t Hapblog


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