Yesterday, Mr. Obama said: “I have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in Syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they’re held accountable”
Although the probability were low, considering the cooker pressure one can feel in the air, one has to consider seriously, because of this hesitation, that Washington may not attack Assad. The White House could always explain it this way “We showed Assad we were prepared to attack and the fear we instilled in him provides us with assurances he will never gas anyone again. We held him accountable through our ability to prepare to attack”. End of story. Curtain down. Time for a round of 18.
One military officer after another are parading US cable news outlets creating doubt over strategy and purpose; and one, Col. David Hunt, even challenged the administration over the fact Assad has used chemical weapons at all by sprinkling doubt on who the perpetrators were; even though US intelligence clearly points to Assad. If you close your eyes, honest to goodness you would think Assad was speaking. Hunt has no scruples about a savage like Assad gassing people.
Sincerely, the number of voices suddenly manifesting themselves with all kinds of reasons on why not to attack is surprising. Where were they when Mr. Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood and welcomed the Islamists in the White House? This leads me to believe these fellows now calling for restraint are more the kind to support Assad than they are to defend from Islamism, a notion Assad wanted to exasperate to justify his rule.
Speaker of the House John Boehner is asking the President 14 questions, not one centered on asking the President to seek Congressional approval, but rather they all what are centered the objectives here as if doubting Mr. Obama would suddenly invade Syria. It is absurd that no one questioned Mr. Clinton on Kosovo and everyone is questioning Mr. Obama on Syria knowing well this is not Iraq.
Then this morning the British parliament could not vote for an attack. The disarray was caused by permitting the specter of Iraq into the discussion. Why anyone would compare a Kosovo to Iraq is beyond me except to say that the lives of the Syrian people are not worth much these days and the moral obscenity Secretary Kerry spoke of is so prevalent it is simply surreal.
The hesitation to strike also had Russia send two warships to the Mediterranean as a sign of defiance. When a boxer hesitates to knock down his opponent, he will never win no matter how strong he is. We are seeing America today act as a heap of steel and fire but whose might is the ridicule of the terrorists around the world. I am afraid Washington’s hesitation will haunt the city for worse than Iraq ever did.
I just have a bad feeling Washington or any European capital are not that serious about really punishing Assad. They all may look the part to relieve the moral pressure they are under, but my sense is they are all afraid to attack Assad. This little man of no consequences, along with its proxy Iran, have scared the mightiest of countries into submitting to their evil will.
At the end of the day, Washington may do what it has done over the last five years whenever a crisis demanded leadership and decisive action: Nothing.
If Washington does not attack Assad, use of WMD in the future will become the norm rather than the exception. Iran is watching carefully the hesitation.