Syria is positioned as yet another nation to fall to the Muslim Brotherhood. Now that the Brotherhood controls most of North Africa, they are shifting their focus eastward. Back in the early 1980s, Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez, crushed a revolt by the Muslim Brotherhood, the most notable of which was the siege of the town of Hama in 1982. Now the Brotherhood wants to kick out the ruling Shia Alawite clan and replace it with a Muslim Brotherhood-controlled government.
Supporting this theory is the appearance of al Qaeda fighting against the al-Assad regime. I find it curious that everywhere the Muslim Brotherhood takes over, al Qaeda shows up first. This is why I believe that al Qaeda is really the tip of the spear for the Muslim Brotherhood, and thus why we see al Qaeda in Syria now.
If we support the overthrow of the al-Assad regime, we are doing the Brotherhood's dirty work for them. Yes, al-Assad is bad. Yes, he is associated with Iran. But I believe that facilitating the expansion of Muslim Brotherhood power in the Middle East is ultimately far worse. The Brotherhood seeks the destruction of the West (which coincides with the objectives al Qaeda), so the US and its Allies facilitating the Brotherhood's control of another nation-state is by its very nature suicidal. We've already done this in Libya and Egypt--it must stop.
Regarding our current state as a nation, we are not standing on solid ground. We are being crushed by an enormous national debt that is increasing exponentially. Inflation is increasing, with no end in sight due to the Federal Reserve implementing "Quantitative Easing 3." Our military is about to take a huge cut in their budget that will be devastating in its consequences. The domestic conflict between constitutionalism and socialism create the conditions for internal strife and will be exacerbated by deteriorating economic conditions. Any war we undertake at this moment in time must be waged only if the security of our nation is truly threatened. Intervention in Syria certainly does not meet that criteria--we should not sacrifice the lives of our citizens or our wealth (do we have any left?) to advance the goals of our declared enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Iran is a different case, but linked to Syria for obvious reasons. I fear that our forward deployment of two, and reportedly soon to be three, Carrier Strike Groups to the Persian Gulf region places us in a very vulnerable position. Similarly, the deployment of two carrier battle groups to Japan may also put us at risk (five carriers is about half our fleet of eleven). Should our carriers in the Middle East and Pacific be attacked with some success and our economy further destabilized, America will be hard pressed to recover. America and its interests will become vulnerable.
But vulnerable to whom, you ask? Well, Russia and China. As we face a precipitous reduction of our military spending, they are increasing theirs. China is becoming more and more aggressive in the Pacific. These two nations have everything to gain from America's demise. Should they be able to neuter our ability to project power amidst an economic collapse, China and Russia have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fill the vacuum that is created. We must be on guard.
(AAE Note: We have seen conflicting reports as to whether the USS Stennis battle group is in the Middle East or Pacific. Could be deliberate misinformation or deception.)
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