I applaud the headline over Tom Patterson’s guest commentary, “U.S. involvement in Syrian conflict a lose-lose proposition” (June 30, 2013), that protests yet another blundering intervention in the Middle East but who in their right mind does support this aggression? Then I remembered U.S. Sen. John McCain’s May 2013 trip to that war-torn land to meet with rebels and his promise of American support for their cause. Also Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has been begging for U.S. military action for the past year. And please, do not forget the French, who seem eager for the U.S. taxpayer to fund another war.
Every U.S. foreign policy, every U.S. war, has a constituency. So who are the Americans driving the country into another bloody conflict? Irish Americans? The Hispanics? Catholics? The farm lobby? Native Americans? The tricky Amish? No, I think not.
Count noses and you will find that the war enthusiasts are, without exception, stalwart supporters of Israel, confirmed Zionists, always keen to spend any sum to further Israel’s interests. There is your constituency.
H. William Fogle, Jr.