Coalition of the Illing...
The three major players in the current American presidential administration's power play for armed intervention in the Syrian civil war have taken a shine to referring to the "international community" standing against the use of chemical weapons, yet no other nation has committed to placing their own troops in the line of fire, as reported by The Telegraph (of London, England) on Sept. 4, 2013; the Department of Defense news service on Sept. 3 and CBS News on Aug. 30, 2013.
With the Germans and the British officially bowing out of joining any unified armed bloc against the regime of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, the trio of Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have only the word of French President François Hollande that the Gallic Republic will saddle up with the United States despite no French forces actually taking up station with the small but powerful US Navy task force in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Despite currently being a coalition of one, the pro-war trio have invoked the spirit of internationalism in their quest for armed intervention against still unproven chemical attacks by Assad's forces against Syrian civilians.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on the first day of a European diplomatic jaunt, Barack Obama cited the vast majority of the Brotherhood of Nations as at least indirectly supporting his call to arms against the Syrian government forces:
The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war.
Prior to Obama's call to arms, Kerry started the globalist ball rolling when he summoned the ghost of League of Nations Past when he charged Assad of using chemical weapons, which has been a breach of the "clear red line for the international community" since the end of the First World War.
Not to be outdone, the newly minted Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel echoed both the Obama and Kerry accusation that Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons poses “a serious threat to America's national security interests and those of our closest allies.”
The alleged strike is a grave risk to partners along Syria’s borders, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq, he went on to say.
The DoD news service also reports their boss had noted key American partners, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and [other] friends in the region have assured us of their "strong support" for U.S. action.
To date, none of the mentioned nations have sent as much as even a token naval force to support Obama's war on Assad.