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The conclusions this morning in an analysis piece written by Julie Pace of the Associated Press suggests President Barack Obama faces a credibility problem because he backed off his plans to immediately launch a strike against Syria and, instead, will actually ask Congress for permission to do something that goes against what used to be a standard policy for this nation — one that said we don’t attack a nation unless it attacks us first.
Syria is many things — a nation run by a despot, a country where freedom doesn’t exist and a nation that has on more than one occasion harbored our enemies — but the reason Obama wanted to use to launch a missile strike was retaliation for the nation using chemical weapons to gas its own people.
No American was harmed in the gassing of Syrians. No American installation, ship or plane was assaulted. While the wholesale slaughter of civilians within a nation’s on borders is despicable it is — and should remain — the business of that nation and not something that warrants military action by the United States — or any other country for that matter
That fact that Obama even is even seriously considering such an attack is reason enough to doubt his credibility. His term in office is filled with many other flagrant examples to doubt his credibility — like his anti-Constitutional assault on rights through not only continuation of the invasion of American freedoms through use of the USA Patriot Act but his expansion of those abuses.
Those who pay attention to acts and consequences also note that whenever America decides to take some unilateral — and usually unwarranted action — against a country in the Middle East, it results in serious problems down the road. The bombing of Pan Am flight 103 and even the 9/11 terrorist attacks against America can all be traced back to the unwarranted use of American military power against a nation like Syria.
The problem, of course, is that America seldom learns from past mistakes. We made the same mistakes in Vietnam that cost the lives of American military personnel in Afghanistan. It is a pattern that this nation, unfortunately, makes over and over.
We here at Capitol Hill Blue feel that Obama’s credibility isn’t at stake in the Syria decision because, in our opinion, he lacks credibility in the first place. If he attacks Syria, it brings serious questions more on the credibility of America — a nation that repeatedly commits hypocritical acts through its too often dangerous actions.
The English parliament rejected its own prime minister this week by turning down any involvement by that nation in an attack on Syria.
Congress should do the same thing with Obama’s incredibly outrageous plan.
Such action by a body that is supposed to be occupied by elected representatives of the people won’t restore the damaged credibility of America — but it will at least be a step in the right direction.
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