Peter F. Jessen
To the editor:
While morally reprehensible, it is almost immaterial whether the Syrian government has unleashed chemical weapons upon its own women and children. We have not supported those supposedly more moderate forces which oppose it while 100,000 died by other means.
We therefore have already lost much of the moral high ground. There is no clear objective, even simply to punish the regime, let alone support — after finding — an opposition which will be demonstrably better for the Syrian people, other nations in the region or our interests.
The military budget has been cut in favor of free cellphones, supporting bankrupt companies, etc., leaving no funds to support such a mission.
Furthermore, I distrust our president and State Department to do a principally compelling or competent job of leading us (from behind) through an act of (supposedly limited) international aggression, no matter how otherwise warranted.
The argument of saving face for the White House, either for the present or future occupants, is already lost; another president will have the job of re-establishing it.