President Obama is now undeniably on the war path and has ordered the release of a report justifying a military attack on Syria. The report will come as US war ships move closer to Syria. News reports suggest the US and Britain have already decided to use military force in the wake of alleged chemical weapon attacks by the Assad regime.
President Barack Obama called his national security team together Saturday to talk about the next move in Syria. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper led off the three-hour White House meeting with detailed analysis of the evidence about the chemical weapons attack, the disposition of victims and what the administration now believes is a near air-tight circumstantial case that the Syrian regime was behind it.
Obama ordered a declassified report be prepared for public release before any military strike commences. That report, top advisers tell CBS News, is due to be released in a day or two. There was no debate at the Saturday meeting that a military response is necessary.
Well, if there is anyone you can trust its James Clapper.
It is also interesting that no one in the room considered that only 9% of Americans support war in Syria or that any attack on the Assad regime would by default boost Al Qaeda’s power and influence in the country and region. Aren’t we at war with Al Qaeda? Isn’t that war what justified the killing of American citizens without a trial? Now we are attacking their enemies?
Secretary of State John Kerry apparently thinks this is his moment to wow an apathetic public about the humanity of bombing people.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the evidence “is screaming at us” that chemical weapons were used in Syria, and he said President Obama believes “there must be accountability” — the latest sign that the administration is getting ready for a possible military strike against the Assad regime.
Kerry said he had looked again at the pictures we all saw last week of the victims of the attack — many of them children — and can’t get them out of his head.
Pretty weak lines from whatever PR flack put that together, though the accountability statement is ironic given that Monday was also the day it was revealed that the United States government helped Saddam use chemical weapons against Iranian troops. Any accountability for that? The evidence is screaming at us.
Conjured justifications and saccharine emotional pleas aside, America is now entering yet another war in the Middle East. This one is a civil war between the Assad regime and Al Qaeda. Amazingly America will be on the side of Al Qaeda this time. And to what end? So this is a punitive strike to tell the Assad regime that in no uncertain terms they need to kill people with conventional weapons only? For that noble goal we are attacking yet another country in the region Americans overwhelmingly want to step back from? America deserves a better foreign policy.