On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated in a news conference that there is “undeniable” evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons on its own population, and added that there must be accountability for such actions.
“The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable,” Secretary Kerry stated.
In addition, many nations appear to be ready to jump on board for an international coalition for some kind of military action against Syria for their use of chemical weapons.
While many think such atrocity by Syria is worthy of military intervention (indeed, any abject violence regardless of the weapon used is abhorrent), after over a decade of being at war with one or more nations, the potential for another drawn out war is not appealing to many Americans.
Still, the Syrian government has shown that it is willing to destroy countless lives rather than to allow the people of the country a voice in their own futures. Such a crime must be effectively addressed, though it must be addressed in a way which involves international consensus and does not involve the United States in a long term campaign or require U.S. boots on the ground.
Based upon the presently strong evidence of chemical weapon use, for now the United States is most likely planning to potentially make surgical missile strikes at various Syrian military targets. However, if the samples obtained on Monday for analysis by a United Nations chemical weapon inspection team show direct clear-cut physical evidence of chemical weapon use, military strikes against Syria most likely will elevate.
Regardless of the decisions made by President Obama in the upcoming days and weeks and whether those decisions are necessary, none of those decisions will be easy. Moreover, few if any of those decisions will gain a majority of support from the American people. Even if some form of military intervention is entirely warranted, the American people for the most part are tired of war, even if they may agree that intervention is needed.
All President Obama can do is to base his decisions on fact and focus on what is in the best interests of the nation and take whatever political damage comes his way. Unlike the President, the American people have the luxury of voicing our support or our opposition to decisions without the pressure and responsibility of actually having to make those decisions. Perhaps over the coming days and weeks this will be remembered as many within the nation voice their numerously varied and valuable opinions in response to the President’s actions.