As a group of people, Americans can be a bit strange. We don’t like going into people’s yards if we can help it. We think it is rude to open someone’s mail or looking through their personal belongs. Hell, we even have a problem misspelling a person’s name or saying it wrong. Americans might be some of the nicest, most respecting people on the planet. Unless it involves another country. In that case, fuck them.
I’m talking about our recent “Field Trip” into Syria. Bad guys were over there. We wanted to take them out, and we did, going five miles deep into another Sovereign country. That, plus out recent jaunts into Pakistan might make you want to start digging your very own fall out bunker.
Together with a similar American commando raid into Pakistan more than seven weeks ago, the operation on Sunday appeared to reflect an intensifying effort by the Bush administration to find a way during its waning months to attack militants even beyond the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan, where the United States is at war. Administration officials declined to say whether the emerging application of self-defense could lead to strikes against camps inside Iran that have been used to train Shiite “special groups” that have fought with the American military and Iraqi security forces.
This is a problem on so many different levels. We can’t just start going over and doing whatever we want to do when we want to do it. Oh, wait. That’s what we’ve always done. But how long will other countries let us do it? Senator Obama has said, many times, that he would be willing to cross Pakistan’s border if it meant taking out important enemy positions. Senator McCain has never said that, but it is probably because of his refusal to be up front and honest. This isn’t partisan. Cross border attacks are a serious problem and will result in serious consequences. True, we need to take out any group of faction that is training and building up attack-ready forces. However, we also don’t need to piss anyone off if we can help it. Diplomacy first. M-16s second. Let’s deal with the wars we have first, before we start looking for a brand-new one.