BILL HEMMER: You are strong in your opposition to this. Why?
RALPH PETERS: Well, because it’s the most phenomenally stupid misuse of our military I’ve ever seen. No one in this administration has been able to explain what tangible vital security interest we have in Syria or in stopping this fighting. This military demonstration — and that’s what it’s going to be — is about Obama shooting off his mouth about red lines and chemical weapons. Now he feels he has to do something. He doesn’t want to do too much, he doesn’t want to do too little. He’s not thinking through the potential consequences, and I see no, no way, Bill, in which a military attack on Syria is worth it for the United States or will end well.
HEMMER: Alright, let’s work through the scenarios then. How do you allow anyone on this planet to use chemical weapons, WMD, and not respond to it, not act?
PETERS: Where’s the rest of the world? Where are the neighbors? The Arab League said it doesn’t want us to attack. They obviously don’t care about poison gas being used on Muslims.
HEMMER: You have the French, and you have the British, and the Arab League did not come out yesterday in support, but there is support among these Arab nations that do it, whether or not it’s written on a sheet of paper or whether or not it’s declared in a mosque or not.
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