It is not that anyone wants to pursue action demanding a resolution through wars; it is, however, that the region dictates the actions we attribute to neo-conservatism. Without Saddam, Baschar, Khamenei, and Nasrallah, neo-con doctrines would have never seen the light of day.
President Obama just called for a strike against Assad. Does that make him a neo-con? We all know Assad attacked with WMD, after listening to the impassionate speech Secretary John Kerry made about Syrian WMD, the same way we all knew, after listening to the impassionate speech Gen. Colin Powell made about Iraqi WMD, that we must take preventive action.
Does stopping a madman like Assad, even if US boots were necessary, the way President Roosevelt stopped Hitler in 1945 constitute a neo-con action? The same people who over-maligned neo-cons are now discovering that the region dictates it, not a set of people or an ideology.
In fact, the lessons learned in Iraq should come handy to a President forced by circumstances to make difficult choices, and therefore should be thankful that those lessons are at his disposal to avoid or embrace.
The President has made a decision, which, if you read the text of the draft legislation the President submitted to Congress, awards him immense powers to act to include US boots on the ground. Here is the main snippet:
“SEC. ___ AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES
(a) Authorization. — The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria in order to –“
The region has dictated how this President is acting today and how his new advisers, in Senators McCain and Graham, have recommended for him to act. The biggest failure of Valerie Jarrett is her lack of understanding of the responsibilities of the Office of the President of the United States. She treated it as the office of the Mayor of Chicago with lots more perks. That is it.
Neo-conservatism is not an ideology specific to a group of people, it is a state of mind we are forced to confront when evil shakes us to the core of our humanity the way it did when Saddam gassed his people and the poor Iranian soldiers who were dragged into a fight against that evil.
President Obama is in that state of mind today.
It took gassing of Syrian children and women by another lunatic to realize that going to war is never easy on anyone, but not removing evil is far more difficult to digest quietly on the sidelines by any person no matter their responsibilities.
If that is neo-conservatism, tell me where to sign.