The “Grand Old Peace” party is still just the same ol’ Grand Old Publicity party.
Amidst conflict at home and abroad, there are two sets of people suffering in two different ways: Syrian citizens and the American people. I have studied America’s foreign policy, particularly in the region of the Middle East, for four years now. What I see more than anything are political maneuvers designed to maintain power. President Bashar al-Assad does so through civil war. And now that we have President Obama truly willing to take action in the interests of the Syrian civilians, the “Grand Old Peace” party would rather hold off because Mr. Obama “doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
But as the number of refugees approaches the 4.5 million mark, Republicans would rather miraculously shift their views of war to align with the views of millions of American people who only see the word “war” and run the other di! rection. Is it any wonder that Republicans in office only now reflect the views of the American people? How does their political maneuvering create any peace?
And most importantly, when it comes to peace, how is their strategy really any different than that of Assad?