Former President George W. Bush, in an interview, said Obama has a "touch choice to make" on potential U.S. military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of using chemical weapons against civilians.
"If he decides to use our military, he'll have the greatest military ever backing him up," Bush said in an appearance on Fox News.
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"A punitive military response without a U.N. Security Council mandate or broad support from NATO and the Arab League would be illegal under international law and unlikely to alter the course of the war," he wrote in a statement. "It will only harden existing positions and postpone a sorely needed political process to put an end to the catastrophic violence."
At this point we've squandered the possibility of improving on Assad. The opposition has been taken over by forces as bad or worse than his own regime. I am not convinced America should do anything at the moment beyond providing humanitarian aid for those fleeing the fighting. Otherwise, I am currently more of the mind to let my enemies fight it out with each other.
Why do people who know the least know it the loudest - including me sometimes?
There are risks to any attack. Blowback terror from Syria and its terrorist allies. Threatened retaliation by Iran or Hezbollah on Israel — that could lead to a guns-of-August regional conflagration. Moreover, a mere punitive pinprick after which Assad emerges from the smoke intact and emboldened would demonstrate nothing but U.S. weakness and ineffectiveness.
Comment: Why I voted do nothing
Last August, ... [President Obama] startled his staff by offhandedly saying of Syria’s poison gas: “A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.”
If a fourth military intervention is coming, it will not be to decisively alter events, which we cannot do, in a nation vital to U.S. interests, which Syria is not. Rather, its purpose will be to rescue Obama from his words.
So Assad kills 100,000 and Obama does nothing. Now Assad kills a couple of thousand more with chemical weapons and we're going to spank his hand.
"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan
Ron, why should we do anything? It's not our fight. Let Syrians take care of Syrians.
America has been engaged in endless wars for 100 years now. All of those wars being other people's wars.
The only war we should ever be involved in, is a war in which our country(the actual geographical piece of land called USA) was being attacked or invaded.
I guarantee you all that if there were no oil in the Middle East, the US never would have invaded Iraq. It's all about the money.
For the record, I voted "do nothing".
Obama said he would wait for Congress to return from recess; members are not scheduled to return until Sept. 9. Yet the president claimed any military response to Syria is “not time sensitive” and would be effective even one month from now.
The decision to seek congressional authorization is a departure from the administration’s decision to intervene in Libya in 2011. Though the president said he thinks he has the authority to order a military strike, he made clear he will ask Congress to vote on the issue.
“I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets,” the president said. He added: “I’m also mindful that I’m president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy.”
The administration will now proceed with a series of briefings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill lasting through the weekend, as it tries to build its case for military intervention. Obama indicated he will not wait for either approval from the U.N. Security Council or the conclusion of U.N. inspectors’ investigation into the Syria attack.
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If we subscribe to international law regarding the use of chemical weapons, we should enforce it.
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