Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of The House and 2012 presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, writing for CNN today, says the atrocities we’ve seen in Syria for more than two years now are deplorable and inhuman but he suggests that any U.S. involvement would be futile just as reports are emerging of the United States confirming it’s military position 100 miles from he Syrian coastline – waiting for a go-ahead order from U.S. President Barack Obama to perform bombing raids in the war torn country in response to the Bashar al-Assad regime’s suspected use of chemical weapons.

But Gingrich insists any such bombing raids would leave us asking the question, “and then what?” According to Gingrich’s assessment “A brief bombing campaign in Syria might make the United States and its allies feel like they are doing something, but it will prove nothing.”

“We have already concluded that as terrible as the civil war is, it cannot be our war. The bombing will not change this,” wrote Gingrich.Both sides in Syria are bad. One side is a brutal dictator, and the other includes Islamists and terrorists who are dangerous already and who would be brutal in power if given the chance.”

Gingrich concluded by suggesting the United States has bigger global enemies worldwide and instead of wasting resources in Syria we should be focusing on defusing situations such as the nuclear ambitions of Iran:

We will not spend the time, money and blood to create a desirable side in Syria. There is no victory to be had there. Syria is not the greatest threat in the Middle East to U.S. or world security. The Iranian regime is working every day to get a nuclear weapon. It poses a direct threat to Israel’s survival and a long-term threat to America.

The conflicts in Syria, Egypt and Libya are small threats compared with the disaster that could ensue and the lives that would be endangered if Iran succeeds in its drive for nuclear weapons. We should focus more on the truly big threat ahead of the headlines of the day — or we will be reading much worse headlines in the future.

[box type=”info”] Newt Gingrich is the new co-cost of CNN’s “Crossfire,” which starts September 16 after being axed by the news network over 8 years ago. During the 80’s and 90’s Gingrich himself was a regular guest on the show and, in his style, dominated the debates. [/box]