My Turn: On Syria, Shaheen does not stand with you
The American public overwhelmingly believes that military intervention in Syria is the wrong move. Blindly backing an opposition Syrian rebel force with ties to al-Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood operatives can only be a recipe for disaster. The recent actions of this same rebel force, highlighted by their execution of seven Syrian soldiers, not only shows that they have adopted the same brutal tactics as the regime they are attempting to overthrow, but also sheds light on President Obama and his congressional sheep’s failed foreign policy.
Said another way, the administration feels it not only appropriate but also necessary to lend support to the very group of people that nearly brought America to its knees 12 years ago.
Let us not forget the results of that day. It is because of these very individuals we are now being told to support that we as a nation have faced countless sacrifices in terms of individual freedoms, lost loved ones serving bravely in our military, and the sheer strain of being at war for over a decade.
Now suddenly our enemy is our friend? Why did Sen. Jeanne Shaheen proudly cast her vote in support of military action in Syria? Why should we support our enemy? Why did she vote against the desire of the majority of her constituents in New Hampshire? Clearly she once again is blindly marching over the cliff in lockstep with her leader, Barack Obama, just as she has time after time on issues such as Obamacare.
Getting involved on either side of the Syrian civil war will not bode well for America in regards to lives lost, money spent, or our prominence on the international stage.
I respect the process of diplomacy. A gas attack in Syria, while completely and utterly tragic, is not an immediate threat to America. So why, if as Obama says, “the Americans are right not to want to go to war with Syria,” does Shaheen support the push to pass a resolution for military action? If Syria is not an immediate threat, it begs the next obvious question: Is Shaheen merely aiding in the attempt of this administration to turn our focus away from Benghazi, the IRS or the NSA, to name just a few, by involving us in another senseless war?
As a daughter, mother and wife of a strong and proud military family, I am well aware of the sacrifices this nation sometimes asks of our sons and daughters. Because of that I could not, in good conscience, vote to send them out into another war, to stand shoulder to shoulder amongst our sworn enemy, to merely satisfy a political agenda. If there ever were a reason to go to war with Syria, it should be in defense of the countless Christians being slaughtered at the hands of the Syrian rebels!
Where is Obama on this atrocity? Where is Shaheen? They’ll happily turn a blind eye to the execution of Christians but think nothing of the consequences of sending us into a war to support our enemies. The reality is Obama and Shaheen are continuously on the wrong side of the issues.
Sadly, this is just one more example of how this administration and its political foot-soldiers continue to place their self-serving politics before its hard-working citizens, and it’s time to vote them out of office.
Shaheen does not stand with you, she stands with Obama and this feckless administration.
(Republican Karen Testerman of Franklin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. She is the founder and former executive director of Cornerstone Policy Research and host of “We Hold These Truths,” on WSMN Radio.)