U.N. inspectors are in the process of returning from Syria to file their report on the gassing deaths of some 1400-1800 Syrians, including 400+ children. Reports are that inspectors were unable to visit “6 key sites.” Barack Obama had already began leaking hints that the U.S. would do ‘something’ in retaliation. From that point, the U.N. reports were not central to how the world would deal with Syria. Did Assad do it, or was it the rebels, or did Saudi Arabia give clueless rebels chemical weapons without telling them they were…chemical weapons, and well, you know, accidents happen.
In the meantime in Britain, the Parliament told David Cameron they would not follow Obama’s tardy lead.
Obama soldiered on and although days had passed with Assad given plenty of time to move his aircraft and weaponry to safer pastures sand dunes. Obama assured him whatever action the U.S. takes, it will be “limited” and “narrow.”
Israel had already dusted off gas mask supplies, taking seriously the Syrian threat that Tele Aviv would burn if the U.S. attacked.
Obama said the U.S. has an “obligation” to act.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin mocked Obama and his Nobel Peace Prize and called the claims that Assad had gassed his own people “utter nonsense.”
True to Obama’s historic past, all the above creeped forward by ignoring his Constitutional duty to consult Congress in matters of war. Other presidents have done the same and Congress forgot to complain. Just another day on Capitol Hill…until this week, when some in Congress on both sides of the aisle decided they should have a say and began grabbing a mic to say so.
Obama took a walk around the White House grounds and decided he had respect for Congress after all…maybe.
So yesterday, Obama flipped and announced he will await Congress’ return from August hiatus before making a final decision on what the “narrow and limited” action might be, if any. This pushes any decision to September 9th or after.
“Over the last several days, we’ve heard from several members of Congress who want their voices to be heard,” Obama said. “I absolutely agree.” Source: USA Today
But at the same time, Obama made it clear he doesn’t need the approval of Congress for his “narrow and limited” attack.
Former Congressman Allen West reminded Obama that his duty is to keep Americans safe, and West sees another agenda behind Obama’s decision:
“Sir, you turned your back on Americans in Benghazi, so do not pretend to lecture us about obligation,” West said, before launching into his analysis.
“He is afraid to make a decision so is now setting up Congress for the blame,” he continued. “We should not commit our Military because Obama said something stupid and especially since he does not have a strategic or operational objective.” Source: Bizpacreview
Fox News reporter Leland Vittert reports Syrians were “partying in the streets of Damascus” after Obama’s announcement. Obama blinked.
The deputy prime minister of Syria went on a Pan-Arab satellite network and said, “The Americans have lost the battle before it even started” and that the American administration as made a “joke” of itself.
The Syrian government threatened massive retaliation and that Tel Aviv would burn if the United States attacked. Source: Fox News Insider
Iran says a strike on Syria will make Israel the first “victim” of a U.S. attack. Israelis are keeping their gas masks close by:
Hossein Sheikholeslam, the director general of the Iranian parliament’s International Affairs bureau, claimed the United States would not dare attack Syria but said that if it does, “the Zionist regime will be the first victim.”
“No military attack will be waged against Syria,” Sheikholeslam was quoted as saying on Monday by Iran’s state run Fars News Agency.
“Yet, if such an incident takes place, which is impossible, the Zionist regime will be the first victim of a military attack on Syria,” Sheikholeslam said in an apparent response to the Obama administration’s increasingly stern rhetoric against Syria.
Before the second gas attack, there was a first. Obama’s red-line feinted to ballerina pink.
The White House had determined earlier this summer that Assad’s regime had previously used chemical weapons against rebels and civilians on a small scale, but had resisted taking action or offering any significant new military aid to the rebel groups. (Source: see the USA today link above)
The entire scenario is completely void of the Americanism that has kept us safe and at the helm of world leadership since our founding.