Just a few days ago, a U.S. strike on Syria seemed imminent. That was before British Parliament voted down plans to invade and left the United States holding the bag. On September 1, CNN reports that the Obama Administration will not choose to strike alone without the approval of Congress. Certainly a wise move for the heavily criticized administration, considering the public is divided on whether or not Syria should be attacked.
An NBC News poll released on August 29 shows that 80 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. should not strike without Congressional approval. The poll further states that the general population is split, with only 50 percent supporting any sort of efforts in Syria.
Obama said in 2012 that the line would be drawn with Syria if they started using chemical weapons against their people. This is suspected to have happened during an August 21 attack, when more than 1400 of their citizens were killed. Sarin gas has been found in hair and blood samples taken from the dead in the Damascus attack. It is unknown whether the chemical was used by the Syrian government or by rebels. At this time, the Syrian government is blaming chemical weapon use on rebel forces.
On Friday, President Barack Obama said, "While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective." This was after American citizens feared we were just days away from possible air strikes against the country.
If the United States strikes against Syria, they have said they are ready to defend. Further, Iran has warned the U.S. against interfering with the Syrian civil war as well. At this time, there is little support from the rest of the world and it looks like the U.S. will go in alone.
What is your opinion of United States intervention in Syria? If we choose to strike, Syria and their allies have promised it will be met with force. What do you believe the ramifications to be? Tell your opinion in the comments below.