Home of the 1st Cavalry Division and arguably the best-trained combat brigades in the U.S. Army, Fort Hood goes to war whenever the U.S. goes to war. From World War II to Afghanistan, this Army post gets involved every time. It’s what Fort Hood was built for.
If the U.S. launches a military attack against Syria, war may come knocking on Fort Hood’s door once again.
Last weekend, even though he doesn’t need it, President Barack Obama announced he wants approval from Congress before launching a military strike against Syria. It’s widely believed that country’s dictatorial government launched the nerve gas sarin against its own people.
However, getting militarily involved in Syria’s civil war will lead to a world of problems we don’t need.
True, the images coming out of Syria following the chemical attack are terrible: Lines of bodies, scores of dead children and people suffering from the effects of their own nervous systems turned haywire. It’s nearly unspeakable. I understand the president’s consideration for military action, but what repercussions might come from a cruise missile or smart bomb strike?
Obama said no Syria attack plan includes U.S. troops on the ground, but who knows what might happen after such an attack is made.
Russia, to name one example, is a staunch ally of the current regime in Syria. The Russians think all the rebels are terrorists. I doubt Russia would retaliate against the U.S. if the Navy launches some missiles into Syria, but others might.
A U.S. attack on Syria could be viewed as a rallying cry for nations and factions that support Syria’s current leadership. Furthermore, the atrocities — by both sides — in the Syrian conflict are probably more than we’ll ever know.
Now, I’m not opposed to nations helping each other out in civil or revolutionary war. In our American Revolution, we had help from France, without which there may have been a different outcome in the war. France, however, had its reasons for helping us out at the time with its navy and other resources.
Today, our reasons for a military strike against Syria must be justified by more than atrocious actions by either side. Unfortunately, those are going to happen. If we do get involved, even if initial attacks are by sea or air, land forces better be on guard, too. These types of things can unravel quickly, and Fort Hood units — whether already deployed or seasoned by previous war deployments — can get called up in a moment’s notice.
Indeed, if our missiles strike Syria, Fort Hood may be on the verge of entering yet another war.
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Jacob Brooks, a former Army tanker, is the city editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. Contact him at email@example.com or 254-501-7468.