On August 21st, some 1,400 men, women and children were massacred in what the U.S. is presenting as a Syrian civil war that resulted from a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Assad regime.
Tuesday evening, on the eve of 9/11, President Barak Obama delivered a nearly 16-minute speech on why America needs to respond to Syria’s chemical weapons blitz, “through a targeted military strike.”
The purpose would be to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime’s ability to use them and to make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use, that’s my judgement as commander in chief and as president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. And even though I posses the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right, in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security, to take this debate congress.
Obama went on to explain that if no one responds, Assad’s regime and “other tyrants” will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons.
To citizens who wrote our Commander-in-Chief about putting our military at risk to engage in another war, he responded:
I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan. I will not pursue a prolonged air campaign like Libya or Kosovo. This will be a targeted strike to achieve a clear objective.
He went on to emphasize that Assad’s regime does not have the ability to seriously threaten our military and that any retaliation they might seek is in line with threats that we face everyday (the same regime who allegedly mass murdered their own people are of no threat to us).
After a decade of warring with Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention the drone campaigns in Pakistan and Libya), Obama, who has a “deeply held preference for peaceful solutions,” suggested last night, in a rather convincing monologue, that America strike the foreign country to keep its innocent people from further suffering at the hands of a civil war.
He also asked the leaders of Congress to hold off and postpone on voting to authorize a use of force while America and the international committee of the United Nations Security Council pursue a more diplomatic route.
The President ended by saying,
America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run. I believe we should act.
The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence compiled and provided us with 13 graphic videos to show us the raw devastation going on in the Syrian Arab Republic (never mind allotting any raw footage of the U.S. attacks on Yemen or Somalia).
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