The Syrian crisis has more than one issue, and the biggest one is that the U.S. is being tested in a number of ways. Our enemies (not just Assad) have questions that they want answers to so they can decide how far they can go and what they can get away with.
What will cause the U.S. to use the military to respond? How fast will the U.S. respond? What kind of response will the U.S. make? Will the U.S. be able to rally international support and help in a response? These are just a few examples of the questions our enemies have, and that they are getting answers to as a result of the fighting in Syria and how we react to it.
So far the reaction is debate. President Obama is not a good leader, and he has no ability to deal with an international crisis, such as the situation in Syria. The facts speak for themselves.
On June 13, 2013 President Obama disclosed that he has conclusive evidence that Assad’s government used chemical weapons on a small scale against opposition forces. His response was to announce that he will send weapons to Syrian rebels. As of today, some weapons have been sent, but other weapons are still “scheduled” to be sent.
That test helped Assad decide that he can do anything he wants.
On Aug. 21, 2013 the Assad regime used chemical weapons in Damascus suburbs to kill large numbers of civilians, including many children as they slept. This time Obama’s response was to debate with Congress and the public. President Obama claims that this chemical attack represents a threat to the U.S. and that it requires response.
A small scale attack using chemical weapons took place in June, and it was followed by a larger attack in August. According to Sen. Jeff Sessions, Syria has used chemical weapons against their own people at least 11 times that the U.S. knows about. Sessions is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and receives briefings about Syria. Today is September 6th. What to do about chemical attacks is being debated in the public forum, and Assad is laughing at the U.S. while he plans his next attack.
However, Assad is not the only one who is testing the U.S. We have many other enemies who are watching and taking careful note of Obama’s failure to lead. It is my belief that far greater atrocities will take place between now and the end of the Obama term of office.
Syria is a complex issue because the situation there, and our response or our non-response, will have long-range impacts on future events. Chemical weapons are horrible, but bad guys are killing people every day using many different horrible methods to do so.
My purpose is not to argue for a particular response to the situation in Syria. My purpose is to point out that WE ARE BEING TESTED.
We need to show our enemies that we are strong. We need to show that we cannot be intimidated. We need to show that we will respond swiftly when a threat exists. The enemies of the U.S. need to be intimidated by us. EVERYTHING we do as a country is being watched and evaluated by our enemies. The consequences of our inaction will lead to something much worse.
We cannot eliminate the bad guys from the earth. We cannot eliminate the threats. However, we can reduce those threats and attacks if we respond in the right way when a threat is made.
Our country must have a firm, specific, defense policy. We do not need a leader who flies by the seat of his pants and makes decisions based on which way the political wind is blowing. If a threat exists, we need a president who knows how to respond FAST. When our enemies know we will respond swiftly and decisively, they will be intimidated and will be less of a threat.
I beleive Assad is a threat, and he will escalate is attacks, simply because he watched our slow-response, non-response policy in past incidents and recognized that he could do whatever he wants. Other tyrants have come to that same conclusion. The problems in the world will increase because Obama has been tested and they know they can do what they want with little or no consequences.
The issue is far bigger than Syria, and it began the day Obama took office.