Monday, April 29, 2013

The problem with Syria is that there are no pretty options




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?

It looks like someone crossed the line  and US intelligence agencies agree that they have

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!

The reality is that Syria is one of those impossible problems reserved for presidents.  And the "problem" just landed in the Oval Office.

What do you do?

1) Do nothing is not an option.  You can't sit back and let someone drop chemical bombs on innocent people.  We did that with Saddam Hussein and it just emboldened him to invade Kuwait and get very reckless. 

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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