President Obama is set to address the nation tonight in an effort to win support for his plan to take military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons-a form of warfare banned by the world's nations.
Complicating Obama's plan is Syria's latest offer to allow the destruction of its chemical weapons supplies, but does anyone really trusts them to allow this?
Everything I've read, heard or discussed with others supports a 'hands off' approach. It's thought that this is just another trap to lead us into a protracted armed conflict and one thing's for sure-this nation is sick to death of war.
Supporters of military action cite their fear that if we don't do something to send a message to Syria and every other nation that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, it will come back to hurt us. It is thought that what happens in the rest of the world is important to us. After all, suppose we didn't act against Hitler during WWII?
The problem here is that the comparison of Hitler to Syria's Assad is not at all the same thing. While no one condones the use of such horrible things as nerve gas, maybe there's another approach to achieving those goals set forth by the administration.
One thing that immediately comes to mind is that maybe the US could more actively support the Syrian rebel army. This way we're not involved directly but the Assad regime would be even more threatened.
The president is of course in a no-win situation, and frankly his leadership surrounding this whole issue has been badly lacking. For example if action were to be taken it should have happened a long time ago.
Also, by seeking Congressional and world support for his ideas, he's putting himself in a position of being hung out to dry by his detractors. On the other hand, if in the unlikely event he gains strong Congressional support, he'll be even worse off with the rest of the nation. Either way, he's going to lose.
He now simply needs to lead. He needs to stop running around urging people to agree with him. He needs to do what he's going to do and be done with it come what may.
No fun being a president...but there's no sense making it even more difficult on himself by being indecisive.
So sayth me!