Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, had an interview on the 6:30 p.m. edition of NBC Nightly News on August 30, 2013. In this interview, Panetta stated that as the leading global power, the US has a moral obligation to punish Syria for using gas on their own people.
The US has a moral obligation to promote world peace, as it has done in the reduction of nuclear weapons in the US and Russia, and continued world pressure to limit nuclear proliferation.
Panetta made these statements in an exclusive interview with Lester Holt for NBC Nightly News.
"It would be nice" if the U.N. or America's allies took military action against Syria over chemical weapons but that the U.S. can't wait for them. When that line has been drawn and action needs to be taken, then the United States ultimately has to do that for the sake of the world and the sake of world peace."
You can see the full interview by Panetta at http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52886859.
Let’s get a few things straight. Acts of war are never acts of peace. The US is doing this retaliation because President Obama made the statement that using gas created a red line, and now there is pressure that we retaliate. This is not for world peace. It is to save face that when we threaten a country about an action the US doesn’t like that we will retaliate.
The US is not using the UN Security Council to respond to the gassing because the US government knows that the Security Council will not support military retaliation against Assad of Syria. Our one perceived ally in this military strike was the UK. The UK House of Commons voted down the use of British forces in any military action. The UK has finally responded to the US’ false justification of the invasion of Iraq
It is time that the US becomes a global leader in world peace. We need to rely upon the UN to act, even when the outcome is not what the US prefers. The use of gas to kill over 1,400 Syrian civilians is abhorrent. It is unclear which of the forces in Syria used the gas. The US is claiming it was Assad. Russia is claiming it was the rebels. China doesn’t want the US directly acting in “domestic” situations, as we did in Iraq.
What is the hurry for the US to launch a military strike against Assad? Are we so weak internally that we cannot wait for more definitive evidence as to the real culprit in the gas attacks. Where is the world resolve to reduce the stockpiles of nerve gas and other chemical weapons as we have done with nuclear weapons? Where is the world resolve to reduce the land mines that are constantly and consistently used in all major confrontations between countries and now by warring factions within countries?
Spiritualists believe that every event can bring about positive change. It is time that the US get out of the global consciousness business. The US is the major financial supporter of the United Nations. Let the UN continue the investigation of the gassing in Syria and then take appropriate action.
We could have saved over one trillion dollars, which is 100,000 million dollars, by letting the UN handle Saddam Hussein in Iraq. It has cost us a huge amount of money to do the Afghan war. Iraq and Afghanistan are going to revert to religious battles along religious and tribal lines as soon as we leave.
Part of our problem is that the military-industrial complex in the US profits from the wars that we create by our insistence that we have to save the world from itself. It is time that the US get out of the world consciousness business. We need to seek global support through the UN to bring those that used gas in Syria to justice, and we need to stop getting involved in other countries' political situations when those situations do not involve crimes against humanity.