During a press conference with the prime minister of Sweden on Wednesday, President Obama gave a new twist to the impending conflict in Syria. Even though Syria has been in a civil war for over two years, that nation is now facing the wrath of the United States for crossing the "red line" that Obama warned them not to cross by using chemical weapons in an effort to subdue the rebel forces trying to oust Assard from power. Obama during the visit in Sweden made the statement that he did not draw a red line but in fact the red line was drawn by the world.
For weeks the rhetoric of the red line being crossed have ratcheted up to the point that Obama has sent his Secretary of State, John Kerry before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to make the case for a "Surgical Strike" against Syria. The strike would limit their ability to launch a chemical attack in the future and would not put American soldiers on the ground. Sen. Rand Paul, (R-KY) assured Kerry that Obama would get the support that he was seeking but with one condition. That condition being a promise that in the event that support for a limited invasion is not granted, Obama would not make a unilateral decision to go ahead with the invasion anyway.
Neither Kerry nor Obama agreed with such a proposal and contends that the approval of Congress is not necessary due to the War Powers Act in which the president can make decisions of aggression when there is imminent danger to the U.S or to one of its allies or any national interest. Obama contends that the reputation of the U.S. is at stake if we allow a nation to kill its own citizens with impunity and no outrage from the civilized world.
The Senate voted and drafted a resolution giving the president 60 days in which to complete his mission in Syria with the possibility of an additional 30 days. This proposal seems extreme when the initial plans of the administration was a 2 day bombing campaign which would be surgical in its approach and only targeting installations which could store or launch a chemical weapon.
Obama have the luxury of loyal supporters, but many claim they don't support the president on any decision he makes. They cite Benghazi, the IRS and Fast and Furious for their reasoning and feels that he's illegitimate and not an American citizen. We are a nation that's war weary and are in no hurry to suffer through another decade of war when soldiers are still on the ground in Afghanistan.
The use of images of dead children in Syria only magnifies the fact that we pass laws prohibiting to showing of crime scene photos to keep the public from becoming outraged. We are fortunate that no nation has invaded us in order to save us from ourselves. If we have to invade Syria alone without the support of any other nation, it should be a wake-up call that the world in which Obama claims drew the red line have given up on us several invasions ago.