There are two misconceptions most Americans have about this conflict. The first is the what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas attitude that we should mind our own business and not get involved. However, our ally Jordan is on the verge of collapse because this tiny country is absorbing hundreds of thousands of refugees. Lebanon is close to a new civil war between Sunnis and Shiites that could also cause the same thing to happen in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain and Turkey, our NATO ally may get involved, and there could be a war between Israel and Syria with Iran using Hezbollah as a proxy on the Golan Heights. The second misconception is the false belief that if President Obama arms the rebels or craters the airfields so Syrian jets cannot bomb their own cities this would somehow lead to tens of thousands of American soldiers on the ground in the middle of a nasty war. We can greatly weaken the brutal Syrian regime without one American soldier setting footing on Syrian soil. We had no security interest in Kosovo but yet America could not stand by and watch the genocide of Muslims in Kosovo by the Serbs and we ended the genocide and if we had acted we could have prevented the slaughter of 800,000 people in Rwanda. America is the only superpower in the world and a superpower is not measured by the strength of its military or the size of its economy but instead by the values which it stands for. Close to 100,000 people have died in Syria. America must act now.
Yemen's Houthi rebels commit to peace plan in letter to UN chief, BBC reports (Haaretz)