Major General Scales’ Scathing Editorial on Syria



Army Major General Robert H. Scales

Army Major General, Robert H. Scales, former commandant of the U.S. Army War College, wrote a scathing editorial for the Washington Post that you might want to read.

The Major General spoke to dozens of retired and active duty military before writing it and while he says he doesn’t speak for the military, he believes he reflects a widespread opinion of the men and women in service and in the Pentagon.

Excerpts from his article in WaPo:

They are embarrassed to be associated with the amateurism of the Obama administration’s attempts to craft a plan that makes strategic sense. None of the White House staff has any experience in war or understands it. So far, at least, this path to war violates every principle of war, including the element of surprise, achieving mass and having a clearly defined and obtainable objective.


They are repelled by the hypocrisy of a media blitz that warns against the return of Hitlerism but privately acknowledges that the motive for risking American lives is our “responsibility to protect” the world’s innocent…


They are outraged by the fact that what may happen is an act of war and a willingness to risk American lives to make up for a slip of the tongue about “red lines.” These acts would be for retribution and to restore the reputation of a president. Our serving professionals make the point that killing more Syrians won’t deter Iranian resolve to confront us. The Iranians have already gotten the message.

Our people lament our loneliness. Our senior soldiers take pride in their past commitments to fight alongside allies and within coalitions that shared our strategic goals. This war, however, will be ours alone…continue reading

We are looking to go to war over a chemical attack that may have been launched by Assad or not, risking war with Russia, Iran and China, with a weakened military, to fight on the same side as Al Qaeda. The administration is making a promise to not put boots on the ground, a promise that probably can’t be kept. Our military have suffered multiple deployments and they should not have to suffer that again.

Senator Kyl said most of the people fighting in Syria are not Al Qaeda and we must show strength by backing up President Obama. He agrees with Senators McCain and Graham that it would be catastrophic to not retaliate for Syria’s crossing the red line.

Kyl said that talk of being involved in a larger war is fanciful. Iran and Russia are not going to start a war with the United States, he assures us. McCain said the same thing last week.

On the other hand, it appears that Mr. Obama has no plan, no strategy, no goal, he has told the enemy where he will strike, and he has given the enemy the time to prepare. Mr. Obama should heed the words of the man he has so reviled, Mr. Bush: “When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.” — George W. Bush, 9/13/01


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