Bruce Moran:

Striking Syria Can Ignite Worldwide Attacks By
Terrorists And Extremists Against The United States and Israel.
September 8, 2013


(Nine Major Points To Consider When Striking Syria)


1) NO CLEAR GOOD GUYS AND BAD GUYS – PANDORA’S TERRORISM BOX:

The American public is not for any new military interventions that are not
in the direct National Security Interests of the United States. Human
rights violations and atrocities are happening every day around the
world. The costs have been heavy in losing our precious blood and
supporting extended efforts in overseas operations especially if the
U.S. Military engages in the Syrian Civil War where there are no clear
good guys and bad guys. A pandora’s box of terrorism (a new wave of
terror attacks) has been seen with the Arab spring. Over the last 2
1/2 years, terrorists have broken out of prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq,
Libya and Pakistan. Would not a Syrian attack solidify radical Moslem
support bringing together divergent groups of extremists, terrorists
and Al-qaeda types from all around the world? Prove how it would not.

U.S. MILITARY OVEREXTENDED: The U.S. military/veteran families have
been heavily put upon by extended deployments, greater physical
disabilities (IED’s), PTSD (unseen wounds) and suicides (22 a day).
These great military/veteran personal and economic hardships have been
further exacerbated by these distressed recessionary times. There are
many unseen consequences by attacking Syria where terrorist groups can
virally erupt around the world, including within our homeland, the
United States, further stretching our military operations out and
putting military personnel under further duress. What ultimate
National Security good comes from striking Syria unknowingly putting
our U.S. troops indirectly or directly in harms way?

2) AMERICAN PEOPLE AGAINST SYRIA INTERVENTION / AL-QAEDA
POWER/INFLUENCE IN REBEL GROUPS: The American people are
overwhelmingly against attacking Syria. Only 9 percent of Americans
feel President Obama should act even if Syria’s government used deadly
chemicals to attack civilians. What if both sides (Assad Regime &
Rebels) used chemical weapons during the last year? Who do we attack
and support? Is the U.S. going to be the air force for Al-qaeda in
Syria? Prove to us Al-qaeda as rebels are not on the ground fighting
against the Assad regime causing human rights violations? Is not
Al-qaeda the major enemy and threat to the United States? What if
Al-qaeda gets the better hand in overthrowing the Assad regime?

3) ARAB SPRING DRASTICALLY CHANGED TERRORISM DYNAMIC: After the Arab
spring in Egypt, the United States was quick to send Egypt money via
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Moslem
Brotherhood who have been ousted by an unexpected military coup
leaving 500 Egyptians dead and 4,200 wounded. The Arab spring
drastically changed the terrorism dynamic in the Middle East and
around the world. Likewise, Benghazi has left us with many unanswered
questions in how our military operations and diplomatic security are
not able to handle a terrorist attack in North Africa, the Middle East
and elsewhere.
(See http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/09/internal-benghazi-report-details-stat)
Is not the Moslem brotherhood the same group of individuals who
assassinated the former President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat? Furthermore,
is the United States fully prepared to counter and neutralize attacks
by Syrians, Syrian sympathizers and terrorists/extremists on our
embassies, consulates and the United States homeland?

4) WAR POWERS ACT (1941) DILEMMA: The Obama administration has not
gotten approval to go to war with Syria from Congress as the U.S.
Constitution requires. Should the War Powers Act which undermines the
balance of three powers (President/Congress/Supreme Court) as provided
for in the United States Constitution be revisited as to what real
purpose it serves in times like these? Why isn’t the American public
polled as to President Obama’s use of the War Powers Act? How should
and should not President Obama use the War Powers Act? Are conducting
air strikes in a sovereign country like Syria not an act of war which
needs approval from Congress (Article I, Section 8)? Is attacking
Syria a national emergency created by attack upon the United States,
its territories or possessions, or its armed forces?

5) WHY SHOULD THE UNITED STATES BASICALLY GO IT ALONE? WHAT DOES THE
U.N. CHARTER SAY?: Why has the President Obama not gone before the
United Nations to argue his case? Why has not President Obama called a
special meeting of the U.N. Security Council to have the opinions of
the UN Security Council aired around the world? Does the American
Public not need to hear the opinions of other countries as to what
type of intervention should and should not be taken? Should we rely
solely on President Obama’s decision making process as we take into
account the volatile conditions that currently exists with worldwide
terrorism, especially in the Middle East and North/Central Africa?
Should this Syrian effort not be a collective effort by the United
Nations or the UN Security Council? Why not? Is President Obama
rushing “way to fast” to strike Syria without proper and fitting
guidance and “directional finding” from world leaders?

According to the Charter of the United Nations: No State or group of
States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any
reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other
State. Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of
interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State
or against its political, economic and cultural elements, are in
violation of international law.

6) PRESIDENT PUTIN WITH THE RUSSIAN MILITARY COUNTER CHECKING THE
UNITED STATES MAY NOT BE SUCH A BAD IDEA: Russia must be taken
seriously. Did not Russia send warships to the Syrian region? What if
Russia impedes our launches or counters our air strikes by shooting
down our missiles? What will be the United States response? Did not
Russia Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin indicate that the West is
acting like a “monkey with a hand grenade?” What if China supports the
Russians impeding our launches or shooting down of the U.S. missile
strikes on Syria? What if Russia and China call for a special meeting
of the UN Security Council to address this major Syrian concern? If a
UN Security Council special meeting is called by a UN Security Council
member, will the United States temporarily halt its military
operations to strike Syria? Will President Obama, Secretary John Kerry
or UN Ambassador Samatha Power make the case before the UN Security
Council?

7) THERE ARE NO GOOD OUTCOMES WHEN OUTSIDERS INTERVENE IN A
BRUTAL/INHUMANE CIVIL WAR: Syria is a sovereign state. It has every
right to defend itself from attacks from other sovereign nations. The
Assad regime has indicated that it would use ”all means available” to
defend itself if the United States attacks. Would that include terror
attacks in the United States itself and against Israel? If the US
strikes Syria, what guarantees do we have that attacks will not happen
against the United States and Israel?

8) MAKING A VERY BAD SITUATION WORSE FOR THE SYRIAN PEOPLE: Halef
al-Muftah, the Syrian propaganda minister’s aide, indicated that Syria
views Israel as “behind the aggression and therefore it will come
under fire” should Syria be attacked by the United States. Why has
this not surfaced in the news media as a major point of discussion?
And what is President Obama’s or his administration’s response to this
statement? Does Syria have strategic weapons to effectively retaliate?
What would the United States response be to strategic weapons strikes
on our vessels and Israel – spreading Sarin gas over large areas? Do
we send immediate air support and troops? Or do we let Israel defend
itself?
If a retaliation occurs when we attack the sovereign state of Syria,
President Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry have not outlined
what a proper and fitting response would be (if a retaliation occurs).
Are our US Military Blackhawk Medevac units stationed and US military
hospitals fully equipped to treat military personnel who have been
exposed to Sarin gas?

9) THE WORSE CASE SCENARIO CAN HAPPEN GIVEN THE CURRENT INSTABILITY IN
THE MIDDLEEAST: What if both 7 & 8 happen simultaneously within a day
or two, how is the United States going to handle this highly volitale
situation?

Closing Statement

It is quite evident that a larger discussion and debate must ensue
with regards to U.S. military interventions in the Middle East,
North/Central Africa and elsewhere. U.S. Foreign Policy is not clear.
It is fraught with far too many problematic issues and concerns.
Specifically, before any U.S. attack on Syria, the President should
clearly state his objective, what the attack should accomplish, why
and how. What if it does not work, and causes counter-attack on
America soil and embassies?

BRUCE J. MORAN IS A SENIOR CONSULTANT, SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT (SME), AND STRATEGIC PLANNING CONSULTANT TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS, COMMITTEES, DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES, THINK TANKS AND GOVERNMENTS. HE IS EXPERIENCED IN FOREIGN POLICY, SECURITY OPERATIONS & HI TECH SYSTEMS I.E. LOGISTICS & OPERATIONS (CONNECTIVITY, INTEROPERABILITY, AND INTERFACING), SMART* FUSION PROTOCOLS AND APPLICATIONS. HE CONSULTS WITH THE PENTAGON, STATE DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, USTR,
SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE, SENATE/HOUSE COMMITTEES ON BANKING/FINANCE, SENATE PERMANENT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATIONS AND THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE.