President Obama's decision to solve the issue with Syria through diplomatic efforts has his administration under fire. The deal that was born out of U.S. negotiations with Russia appears to be a significant compromise by the President. After the initial comments made earlier by the Obama Administration, some would say the newest developments in the aftermath of Chemical warfare that caused the deaths of Syrian citizens, including women and children are less than aggressive.
Earlier this month, the U.S. called Syria's use of poison gas on it's own people unacceptable and a potential threat to the United States. U.S Navy ships continue to occupy waters just off Syria while they await the final decision to use military force and destroy any chemical supplies that remain in the country.
The deal made between the U.S. and Russia postpones American missile strikes against the Assad Regime. The U.S. has warned that if Damascus does not comply, the military will maintain a presence in the region. "The threat of force is real", said the President. www.abclocal.go.com
As with any military action, the loss of life should always be avoided whenever possible. The President's decision to seek further counsel from the United Nations and Congress is commendable. The comments made in the wake of a shocking act of cruelty are always subject to change when reason is re-visited. The goal of the use of force is to protect innocent lives. A peaceful tool at the hands of a leader can provide a powerful means to an end.