NASHVILLE, TN-- President Obama gave a speech tonight to assert his position on military action in Syria; that is except that his speech did not remotely accomplish the stated end. Ben Shapiro with Breitbart writes, "Obama Makes Case For War, Then Diplomacy, Then War." We have a president that made it very clear that he wants to go to war, but only an air war, and only if congress agreed, but they don't have to agree because he is the president. Furthermore, his justifications match up exactly with just some of the justifications used by both parties to go to war with Iraq in 2003. Similarly to that situation however, we have been rattling swords while the ruthless dictator has all the time in the world to make us look like fools.
In Iraq, Russia swept in to help the Iraqis move their chemical weapons to Syria, a move that allowed endless taunting from the left after we did not find "WMD's" in Iraq. Now, presumably facing the same exact weapons, we have allowed Russia time to once again get involved, and this time to preemptively make us look foolish by solving a problem that we were unable to solve in all of our super-power glory.
On the upside of all of this discussion is that the Tennessee delegations to both houses of Congress appear to be standing on the correct side of the issue, regardless of party leadership leaning to the contrary. Rep. Diane Black came out with a strong and early statement against military action in Syria, and Senator Lamar Alexander appears to be using the issue to gain conservative street cred in the face of an aggressive primary.