Society & Culture

Syria and Our Deaths of Despair

Just two days after the alleged April 9 chemical attack in Douma, Syria, TV host Tucker Carlson asked Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, “What is the American national security interest that would be served by regime change in Syria?”

Wicker responded, “Well, if you care about Israel you have to be interested at least in what’s going on in Syria.”  Carlson shook his head in disbelief before pressing Wicker to clarify his response.  Not surprisingly, Wicker offered no further justification for wasting precious American blood and, likely, billions—if not trillions—of dollars our country doesn’t have in order to exacerbate the intractable problems besetting the Middle East.  While we have become numb to politicians who lie, Wicker’s stark honesty shocks even the most disgusted political observer.  His candor and openness do have a limit, though.  In his response, Wicker forgot to mention how his comments may have been influenced by his fealty to his fourth-largest donor, NORPAC, self-described as

a non-partisan political action committee whose primary purpose is to support candidates and sitting members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security, and survival of Israel.

Only the day before, on April 8, the Jerusalem Post reported Israel’s...

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