President Obama appeared outside the Oval Office today and announced that prior to taking any action on the situation in Syria that he would first seek the approval of Congress. The President says that the United States has an obligation to the Free World to make a limited missile strike on Syria for the use of Chemical Weapons that killed thousands of Syrians on August 21st. A year ago, almost to the date, President Obama had drawn a line in the sand clarifying that the use of chemical weapons against innocent people by the Syrian government would result in serious repercussions from the United States. Basically, the president made it clear that The U.S. would take military action as a result. Now, with the use of Chemical weapons resulting in the death of thousands of civilians, the United States wants to launch a limited missile strike to punish the Government for using such weapons.
However, when Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up and presented his case justifying the use of military force by the United States, he was unable to garner the support that he had hoped for, and now the President will seek Congressional support to launch a military missile strike. Congress said today that they would not return early to do so. As a result, it could be next week before we hear from Congress on the matter.
It all boils down to trust.It was said that Saddam Husain had Chemical Weapons, but when we turned all the rocks over after U.S. military intervention, we found nothing. This administration has had a bad history when it comes to foreign affairs. The Bengasi affair was an example of that, and many Americans just do not trust the Obama administration to handle any more military interventions in the middle East.
Russia meanwhile has opposed any military action by The United States. They say that the opposition forces, not the Syrian government, launched the chemical weapons to escalate the Syrian Civil War. The Syrian Government denies any allegation that they launched Chemical weapons of any kind against civilians.
A United Nations Task Force has been to the areas attacked by Chemical weapons, and has left Syria with their evidence. However, they will not be able to say who launched the weapons.
The Horton Journal has opposed any U.S. intervention. I have said before, and still say that U.S. intervention will most likely expand the war, and create even more anger directed at the U.S.
And yes, I am angry at seeing dead children, and even adults laying in the streets, and witnessing the aftermath of such horrific attacks on innocent people. It angers anyone with any sense of morality. However, U.S. intervention might very well result in even more tragic events such as those we witnessed in the past few weeks.
With Great Britan saying no to intervention, and only France supporting the United States, it is, in my opinion, not wise to take any military action at this time. President Assad should be held accountable. If he was the one authorizing the attacks then we should direct our attention to him by declaring him a terrorist, and charge him with mass murder. When this war ends, and it will end, he should be hunted down, arrested, charged and tried in a world court for these horrific war crimes and then be made to pay accordingly.
There is no doubt, that if the use of Chemical weapons is continued, that intervention will become necessary. The world can not just stand by and watch a government or terrorists, for that matter use the lives of innocent people to justify their cause. But then the world will see and understand what is going on, and what the stakes are. Our allies will step up at that point and say enough, and support, as well as join a coalition to put a stop to the Syrian governments use of chemical weapons, if they are doing so, as well as move to destroy the weapons wherever they are, and deal with those who are using them.
But, The United States should not take it upon themselves to act as a World Police, saying that they alone are justified in taking such action.
That’s my point of view. I look forward to your insights on this matter as well as the other issues of the day. Until then, have a great day, Happy Labor Day, and as usual
God Bless America!