For John, BLUF: Reading Scripture is rewarding even if you aren't a Believer. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Today was the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel was St Luke, 14:25-33. Part of it applies to the current imbroglio over Syria, chemical weapons and the appropriate US response:
Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, 'This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.'The next verse is about a king marching into battle. The same point, different flavor.
I would like to hear our leaders in the Administration lay out the costs if things don't go as planned. Perhaps they can convince me they have "calculated the costs".
Regards — Cliff