Where are the voices of reason?
Timing is everything in foreign policy. Had the U.S. attempted to develop a better relationship with the Syrian government by competing more for Bashar al Assad’s attention while he was being pursued diligently by Iran, the world may have been able to avert civil war.
Then again, Assad is very much like his father who killed hundreds of thousands of members of the Muslim Brotherhood in a religious and ideological battle. Secularism sounds good, but it depends upon who is holding the reins.
Here is an indication of a problem.
“There’s a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.”
--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on “Face the Nation,” March 27, 2011
“I referenced opinions of others. That was not speaking either for myself or for the administration.”
--Clinton, two days later”
Unfortunately, the nations fate in the matter of Syria is in the hands of shaky leadership. President Obama has skated through his terms in office so far, relying on help from seasoned secretaries. That began to crumble when some senior advisors either died or left office. Mrs. Clinton alone was not sufficient.
Americans know that the House of Representatives is a hostile lot who are famous for being dysfunctional. Now, overnight, does anyone expect this largely unqualified group to suddenly perform well in the face of adversity. I don’t.
The free world needs to get its act together because the Muslim problem is huge and will require high collaboration and determined commitment to change the course of tide for an entire population of persons that are out of step with the needs of humanity while seeking a sustainable economy.
It is not prudent and is unwise for the U.S. to take any action in Syria without the full commitment and support of free nation allies. In addition, as I have written before, this is an Arab League problem.
“Top Republican, Democratic lawmakers back Obama on military strike against Syria
Video: After a meeting at the White House Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he would support President Obama's "call for action" on Syria.
By Karen Tumulty, David Nakamura and William Branigin, Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 4:54 PM
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House expressed strong support Tuesday for a U.S. military strike against Syria, offering crucial congressional backing for President Obama’s request for authorization to use force in response to what they and the administration say was a devastating chemical weapons attack last month.
Speaking to reporters after a White House meeting with Obama and other top congressional leaders, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said, “I’m going to support the president’s call for action; I believe that my colleagues should support this call for action.”