Skip to Content, Navigation, or Footer.

In response to Sean McCauley's Sept. 9 column, "Syrian conflict a no-win situation for U.S.":

Sean McCauley conveniently leaves out the easiest, most cost-effective way for America to deal with the problems in Syria. We can spare American lives and money while assisting neither side win their civil war. In short, the best way to level the playing field is to nuke it, Dr. Strangelove style.

I would be the first to advocate strapping John McCain, Jeff Flake and the other Senate Foreign Relations Committee members who voted yes on intervention onto a giant warhead and launching it across the world. We will watch the mushroom cloud on replay from the comfort of our TV or computer screens, knowing that justice has been served. We will know that no nation will ever cross the Red Line again and use chemical weapons against civilians. The world will rest easy knowing that it is America’s duty to protect human rights wherever and whenever their abuses occur. If this requires military intervention of an unspecified scope, cost, goal, target, plan or exit strategy, so be it. It is a sacrifice I am willing to make for the good of humanity.

As President Theodore Roosevelt wisely quipped, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” I commend the Obama administration’s efforts at diplomacy and offering Syria the chance to hand over chemical weapons peacefully. Although words are useless against warmongering murderers, I am glad that Syria and Russia are talking to our president anyway. It provides a great distraction from our economic problems and civil liberties mistreatments at home. Plus, it is something different to talk about at work. Everyone knows that war is the health of the state! In our U.S., peace will rise from the conflagration of other people in other nations. Prosperity will increase with every cruise missile produced. As Dr. Strangelove said, “Mein Führer, I can walk!”


David Ludwick



Want to join the conversation? Send an email to Keep letters under 300 words and be sure to include your university affiliation. Anonymity will not be granted.

Continue supporting student journalism and donate to The State Press today.

Subscribe to Pressing Matters



This website uses cookies to make your experience better and easier. By using this website you consent to our use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie Policy.