You would be right if you think Americans lack character, empathy and the ability to think things through.
From the BBC, citing a Quinnipiac Poll, it is determined that Half of Americans don’t want war with Syria but half said they’re “open” to it if it means pushing a button and shoving 200 remote-controlled guided bombs into a barrel willy-nilly:
This option is more palatable to the US public than the deployment of ground troops … Indeed, remotely controlled attacks such as air strikes have been called ‘the American way of war’ by the authors of an article in Foreign Affairs magazine.
More palatable, yes, if you can be cooking hot dogs over the weekend and getting revved up for college football.
“Foreign affairs” implies a foreign policy and a state department.
The state department hasn’t done anything for decades except say “OK!” when someone suggests unleashing the bombers.
If you recall, the opening round of the Iraq War involved much publicity surrounding a midnight strike on “Dora Farms,” a place where Saddam Hussein was said to have a command hideout.
The hope was, in flattening it, that he could be buried in the rubble, bringing a quick end to things.
Dora Farms turned out to be another American technological gaffe. The missiles and bombers hit an empty field.