Be careful about promises because someone is likely to remind you of them. Remember when President Obama issued a warning, the "red line" in Syria? The game changer statement?
President Obama is buying time arguing about what the definition of what a "red line" is. The bottom line is that the line was crossed and everyone is looking for President Obama's next move!
Also, doing nothing sends a signal to Israel about what we could do in Iran, another one of those problems headed in President Obama's direction. Doing nothing will also throw Jordan into turmoil.
2) Go to the UN. Well, how did that work with Iraq? How much help are we getting from allies in Afghanistan? Unfortunately, President Obama will find out what President Bush and Clinton found out about the UN. The UN is really good about making anti-American statements but it is not very helpful with any of the world's serious problems, like Syria today, Iraq and Sudan in the past.
3) Call on the Europeans to help. Good luck with that. The Europeans are too busy with their unemployment and collapsing welfare states. Furthermore, their "militaries" are inadequate anyway. We saw in Libya that NATO can not put 2 jets in the air without US assistance.
4) Send US troops. The US public won't go for that. Furthermore, President Obama has not prepared the public. He has not even explained Afghanistan and we have 60,000 troops there!
There are no pretty options but something must be done.
Syria is about to to get very complicated. I feel sorry for President Obama because Syria is awful!
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