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In all honesty, neither side of the Syrian conflict benefits us. Hezbollah versus al Qaeda? Better to let them both kill each other on their own.

America would most likely be blamed and hated by some for not intervening. However, it is even worse to jump in now — we are guaranteed to decrease our standing in the region. We will shoot some missiles and call it a day, but once again, have created an expectation. The rebels will keep calling for more. The rebels in other countries will demand our help more and know that any weapons of mass destruction accusation they can pin on the opposition is the ticket to U.S. airstrikes.

In some circles, they are whispering that we are telling Mr. Assad when and where we will strike, thus avoiding casualties. So the punishment for crossing a “red line” is that the U.S. will waste millions of dollars destroying non-essential targets so the bad guy learns his lesson and we can feel like we did something. That might be even more insulting, paramount to “wink, wink, nudge, nudge” diplomacy — we pretend to punish you and hope you pretend to be chastised.

Stupid. Deranged. Cuckoo.

The definition of insane is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Apparently being Democrat or Republican does not matter. Our dear leaders continue to engage in foreign policies that blatantly risk American lives with no thought to the consequences of their actions.

• Armstrong Williams is the author of the book “Reawakening Virtues.” Join him from 4 to 5 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. daily on Sirius/XM Power 128. Become a fan on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.