Syria Used Chemical Weapons Against Rebels — Now What?

by Ryan on June 13, 2013

in Election 2016,International Relations,Politics,War on Terror

Yesterday, Bill Clinton reportedly told a crowd that President Obama risks looking like a “total wuss” if the second black President doesn’t intervene in Syria.

Just a few hours ago, the US government finally admitted that the Assad regime in Syria actually used chemical weapons on the rebels, which killed an estimated 100-150 people.  This is the “red line” Obama warned Assad not to cross back when these attacks were initially alleged.

OK, then.  What now?

Bill, who really dropped the ball on the Rwandan genocide back in the day, was obviously attempting to distance his wife from Obama in preparation for Hillary’s 2016 run, while egging Obama into a Mideast war which would be very unpopular.

But, what does Obama do?  Russia is tied to the Assad regime.  So is Iran.  As the only nation (to date) which actually nuked another country (twice), America does have a unique responsibility to intervene when WMDs are wantonly used.

If Obama was a leader, we’d have acted months ago with no-fly zones, sanctions, etc.  But a leader Obama is not.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few days and weeks, especially since some of the Syrian rebels have openly pledged support for al Qaeda.

Support the WMD-supporting tyrant or support al Qaeda?  Not a good place to be — probably should have acted a few months ago before this mess got out of hand.

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Mike June 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

When President Bush the Younger first announced that we were engaged in a War on Terror, one of the things he said we would do is “turn them one against another.” I don’t think we should support Al Qaeda; that would be suicidal. I also don’t think we should support a WMD-supporting tyrant, especially one who wouldn’t hesitate to pass off his weapons to terrorists. Unless we give assistance to whatever side happens to be losing, maybe it’s best to stay out of the way. Turn them one against another.


Ryan June 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Great angle!


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