The Corner

We’re Risking Handing Sarin Gas to Al-Qaeda

As we ponder launching airstrikes that are already broadcast to be “brief and limited” (Is our operational security really that bad?), let’s be clear about the risks: If we weaken the regime without destroying its chemical stocks, then we merely expedite the process of handing those chemicals to al-Qaeda. If we strike without weakening the regime, we appear even weaker than if we did nothing at all. Yet an intervention on the scale required to locate and secure chemical weapons stocks isn’t on the table. The Assad regime, as vile as it is, has never used chemical weapons against the United States, Israel, or any other ally. But what happens if al-Qaeda militants overrun Syria’s weapons stocks? Will they show the same restraint that Assad did? Or will they expeditiously move to use those weapons to attempt the world’s most deadly terror attacks? 

Syria already represents a deadly foreign-policy failure for the Obama administration. If our intervention does little more than provide military support for al-Qaeda without destroying or securing Assad’s WMDs, then a foreign-policy failure will become a potential national-security disaster.

Most Popular

Culture

In Defense of Terry Crews

There are many worthy nominees for the craziest moment in the current cultural turmoil, but the controversy over tweets by actor Terry Crews deserves to be high on the list. In one of his offending tweets, Crews said on July 4th: https://twitter.com/terrycrews/status/1279493774679261185?s=21 It wasn’t ... Read More
Culture

In Defense of Terry Crews

There are many worthy nominees for the craziest moment in the current cultural turmoil, but the controversy over tweets by actor Terry Crews deserves to be high on the list. In one of his offending tweets, Crews said on July 4th: https://twitter.com/terrycrews/status/1279493774679261185?s=21 It wasn’t ... Read More
Culture

No One Is Ever Woke Enough

Closing out the week: The Harper’s letter calling for freedom of expression demonstrates that no one is ever “woke” enough, and that any institution that tries to make peace with the perpetually aggrieved eventually becomes dysfunctional; the value of Hamilton as a litmus test of the limits of cancel ... Read More
Culture

No One Is Ever Woke Enough

Closing out the week: The Harper’s letter calling for freedom of expression demonstrates that no one is ever “woke” enough, and that any institution that tries to make peace with the perpetually aggrieved eventually becomes dysfunctional; the value of Hamilton as a litmus test of the limits of cancel ... Read More

Mel Gibson’s Beastmode

Late-period Mel Gibson is probably the best Mel Gibson; in film after film after film he plays ornery old bastards with such conviction that each successive outing feels like a personal trip to the confessional. He doesn’t need the money anymore, and most of these roles are in indie movies that pay very little ... Read More

Mel Gibson’s Beastmode

Late-period Mel Gibson is probably the best Mel Gibson; in film after film after film he plays ornery old bastards with such conviction that each successive outing feels like a personal trip to the confessional. He doesn’t need the money anymore, and most of these roles are in indie movies that pay very little ... Read More