Karma Train Has Stopped at Obama Station - Syria!
Arms will be given to the rebels to bolster up their chances for success. Is President Obama ready to commit the US to another war?
Did You Just Tell Me No Britian?
Should the US go in to Syria with France and Save the people from the Syrian President Bashar Assad?
Seeking for the aid of allies in his quest to bring retribution to the Syrian nation for its atrocities towards its own people, President Obama faced rebuff from long-time ally The United Kingdom! The over one hundred years partner of the United States of America has turned its collective back on the USA when president Obama solicited the nation for its support to enforce international law in Syria.
Why have the Brits decided to go against its long held tradition of supporting America? The Karma train is now pulled into the Obama station.
During the Iraq War, President Obama and he Democratic party accused President Bush of unilateral action against Iraq even though he had over 40 nations supporting him including Britain. Though it was a fruitless mission to find weapons of mass destruction, Bush did not have to go in alone. He had, as mentioned before, over 40 nations at his side who collectively saw to the freedom of a nation of people despite not finding the weapons.
President Obama is now in the presidential chair seeking help without the traditional ally of Britain. It almost seems as if the idle words cried during the President's senatorial career return to echo in his ear that since he falsely accused his predecessor of unilateral behavior he would be put in a situation where he would have to consider the same issue--save President Obama's support is no were near that of former president George W Bush's international support.
Now, President Obama has the chance to liberate a nation of people who are being oppressed and killed. How many allies does he have? One! France!
France historically, has not been known for its support of American policy. Currently relations with the French are cordial. Above 50 %of Americans view France amicably and above 50 % of Frenchmen view Americans favorably.
It may be because of who is president in America.
The nay-sayers of the Iraq War, basically the Democratic party, faced the same situation with Syria, but with a president allied to their party. Will there be cries that President Obama is acting unilaterally with only one ally to go into Syria?
This ally, France, is still actively against the Iraq War and its consequential outcome according to Geoffroy Clavel in his article for the Huff Post World; however, the French have the determination to see that Syria and other hotbeds of injustice around the world get some military action?
What is the Karma Train? President Obama faced possible unilateral action against a nation when he supported unfounded claims of unilateral behavior on Bush's behalf. Remember, Bush had over 40 nations supporting his action, which is clearly not a unilateral action.
Obama has made the statement that it is unacceptable about what is going on in Syria. With no international support, Syria is just another Iraq waiting to happen.
In the words of a great ancient American religious leader, "...that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored..."
Britain Said No to the US to Help Syria
- A change in policy of over 100 years. Why?
France is on board to help Syria (And anybody else it seems!)
- A chance from ten years ago! Why?
President Obama faced what he accused President Bush of doing, going unilateral.
- The president did not act.
Should America follow the British in this instance or follow France? Because it definitely is not leading.
What did President Obama do?
He could go into Syria with a small force so that he could follow through on his convictions and appease the international public but offending Russia or he could go in with the same gusto that President Bush did and risk offending the permanent members of he UN.
Either way, there are hard choices to make and people will die. The best choice costs the most lives initially but frees people for generations. The other choice saves lives initially but helps to perpetuate dominion by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
France has committed to help the rebel forces in Syria. Arms will be given to the rebels to bolster up their chances for success. President Obama chose not to commit the US to another war?
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