Yesterday was an historic day in diplomacy for The U.S as president Obama avoided direct military action in the ongoing civil war in Syria. He delivered an address to the nation at 9 p.m. in which he reminded the nation that we are not the police of the world but we can't ignore the images of suffering and dead children as a result of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using sarin gas on his own citizens. According to President Obama, we have the evidence to prove where the gas came from, and additional evidence that the Syrian military were issued gas mask before the gassing and assessed the damage done following the attack.
The timing of Obama's address to the nation was significant due to the fact that it came one day before the anniversary of 9/11. In his address he mentioned that he had talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin and a deal was put on the table and ultimately accepted by both Russia and Syria. The 9/11 anniversary was in the forefront of most American's mind as they recalled the manner in which the Bush Administration used it to launch an attack in Iraq which put this nation into a war which lasted for a decade and cost billions if not trillions of U.S. dollars.
Obama reiterated the fact that he was elected to end wars and not start them. Despite this reality, the threat of an attack on Syria was imminent and a moment similar to the one of President John Kennedy would be necessary to avoid the inevitability of cruise missiles being launched in a matter of days if not hours. Kennedy was placed in pretty much the same predicament during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
It has been difficult over the past few weeks to try to decipher through the rhetoric coming from pundits who were advocating and immediate attack without the approval of Congress and those demanding that the president find an alternate solution. It was during these unfortunate weeks that many discovered that the president was not only lacking the support of other nations but lacked the support of the American citizens as well.
Those who would oppose Obama regardless which direction he decided to take, refereed to him as showing weakness for delaying utilizing the ships stationed in the Mediterranean Sea awaiting his instructions. Rush Limbaugh on one of his broadcasts said the president was "chucking and jiving." This term was also used by Sarah Palin during the 2012 Presidential debate with Mitt Romney to describe the president.
If the Ann Coulter statement on the Fox News "Sean Hannity Show" wasn't enough to put a lump in your throat, it's more than likely that you as well as Sean Hannity agreed with the statement that, "Putin is making a monkey out of Obama." This type of rhetoric when one of the most difficult decisions a president has wrestled with since the invasion and occupation of Iraq only confirmed that the Fox Network is more content with the satire of Obama than they are reporting things that will inform and educate the populous.
The significance of bringing the pundits of Fox into a serious discussion about war and peace is because their rhetoric on one day is repeated in the halls of Congress and in state legislatures the following day. Here we are, less than 24 hours following the historic speech by the president on last night and today the Lt. Governor of Tennessee, Ron Ramsey made this tweet on Twitter.
"as the president attempts to ally w/ Al-Qaeda in syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago."
If you were expecting a "Come to Jesus" moment in the wake of an impending attack of Syria, what you're getting is continued criticism of the Commander and Chief and an effort to make him an illegitimate president. The most pressing issue facing many of Obama's critics is how they are going to defund Obamacare which goes into effect Oct. 1. That in itself would be cause for concern as we remember the people who were injured as a result of the attack on 9/11. Or to think about the kids gasping for breath as a result of the gassing in Syria. We never know when a catastrophic event is going to take place and we should not be the nation causing them. Heath insurance just as a strong military is necessary in the defense of such an event.