Goddamn Obama and everyone in his Administration, the press and punditry who build the case to insert us into a needless, unnecessary, feckless civil war in Syria. If he does this, and it receives the support of the American people, then goddamn us! We will have debased our nation’s honor.

We have already lived thru the horror and insanity of George W. Bush and his enablers who took us to war in Iraq. That stupid decision squandered needlessly hundreds of billions of dollars, killed thousand of Americans, slaughtered close to a hundred thousand Iraqis and allowed Iran to spread its influence throughout the region. Before that war began, I gave George W. Bush the benefit of the doubt. But by May of 2003 I learned from friends inside the intelligence community that the “books” had been cooked and the case for going to war was a lie. I vowed to never trust another President without ironclad proof that our country was at risk.

Syria is not a threat to the United States. Syria, led by Bashir Assad, is not a threat to the United States. And yet, instead of hearing Condi Rice and Dick Cheney spouting lies about mushroom clouds from Iraq, Obama is now pushing the bullshit of chemical weapons as the trigger to justify American military intervention. Will we invade?

No. But we apparently are going to step up the flow of weapons and may even try to repeat the folly of Libya, by trying to strangle the Syrian Government with an air war and clandestine paramilitary operations. And for what? To defeat a secular government and empower radical Islamic Sunnis who seek to impose Sharia on the Shia and Christians who also inhabit Syria.

This is madness. Will the left sit on their hands and let their boy get away with this? Will conservative flag wavers, who lustily sang I’m Proud to Be an America while cheering George Bush on to war in Iraq, now do the same again for the invented cause of Syria? This ain’t partisan. This is about doing what is right for America. And what is right? Not getting ourselves embroiled in a civil war that pits a legitimate Government in Syria against radical Sunni jihadists.

Barack Obama’s weakening position at home makes him doubly dangerous. If he becomes convinced that he can reap some domestic political benefit from embroiling us in a foreign folly, he might very well do the unthinkable.

But Syria is not Iraq and it is not Libya. Syria has the backing of Russia and Iran. Iran is not Nazi Germany. Iran’s brand of Islamic extremism is not as dangerous nor virulent as the extremism of the Sunnis.

The real danger is Russia. Russia has no interest nor ability to conquer us. But Russia, like any national power, will strike back if we kill her soldiers and intelligence officers. Meddling in Syria is fraught with peril that can spin out of control.

What Obama is contemplating is madness. Sheer madness.

Did Assad order his military to use chemical weapons? I do not think so, but let’s assume he did. SO WHAT? We firebombed Nazi Germany and Japan. We killed more than 500,000 German and Japanese civilians during World War II in the name of victory. When we felt our back to the wall, our leaders and our people had few qualms about slaughtering civilians in staggering quantities. We used two weapons of genuine mass destruction because we felt it necessary. Stack up the 140,000 bodies of civilians snuffed out in Hirsoshima and Nagasaki against the paltry numbers killed by Assad’s forces.

Need I mention St. Abraham Lincoln? He led us into a brutal civil war. The North killed thousands of Southern civilians. I guess we are the only ones entitled to do what we want to preserve our national government.

Hell, Assad is a piker compared to us. Our hypocrisy and cluelessness on this is stunning. Let’s hope that Obama’s propaganda machine is as feckless as his management of the Department of Justice and the IRS. Let us pray that the Congress, Republicans and Democrats, comprehend the economic damage and national security peril the deeper involvement in Syria threatens. And let’s make sure that the voice of the American people says, ENOUGH!

UPDATE–Cat’s out of the bag. The Sarin claim is total bullshit. This is, as many of you have sagely opined, a “wag-the-dog” scenario. An unnamed Obama lackey let it slip in an interview with Politico:

“The decision was ultimately driven by the discovery Assad used [chemical weapons] but there were a number of other factors in place that were also important,” conceded an administration official with direct knowledge of the deliberations.

“Would we have made [the determination Assad had breached the red line] even if we didn’t have the evidence? Probably.”

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.