Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian government, has brutally bombed suburbs of Damascus (where rebel fighters are known to live) with lethal sarin gas killing approximately 1600 people, 40% of which were children.¬† This is an illegal attack using¬†weapons of mass destruction.¬† UN (United Nations) inspectors have verified that sarin was used, and it is assumed that these bombs came in the form a missiles fired by the Syrian government.
President Obama has vowed to retaliate by striking military bases, rocket launchers, and command structures if Syria ever used gas to kill its citizens.¬† However, he's decided to get Congress's opinion on the matter before overriding them; that's assuming he makes the right decision, if the vote doesn't go his way.¬† But, I'm getting ahead of myself.
I do believe that it is wise to get Congress involved before committing our military to yet another conflict in the Middle East.¬† But, waiting until Congress reconvenes in over a week on September 9 seems risky.¬† Syria could move its weapons or attack again in that time.¬† The United States will be judged harshly¬†for its non-action, if President Bashar al-Assad chooses to attack with chemical weapons again.¬† I find it odd that in the year 2013 that the United States government cannot hold a secure video conference with its Congress immediately.
But it's also my understanding that Congress has already approved military strikes against Syria if they ever used chemical weapons.¬† Obama has said this would not be an open-ended conflict; no boots on the ground.¬† So, I don't understand why Obama can't attack first and ask Congress later?
There's talk about using Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from cruisers to do the job.¬† But, that doesn't seem wise with Russia not totally buying into US intervention.¬† I understand that we have stealth bombers (B-2 for example)¬†that could perform precision attacks.¬† Why wouldn't we use them instead?
No one wants to get involved in another extended conflict in the Middle East; not American, not Europe, and the UK (United Kingdom)¬†has said as much.¬† We are all tired of the economic and human cost of these wars.¬† Syria knows this and is probably betting on it to get away with their immoral activities.¬† I think we should remind them there's a price to pay for slaughtering hundreds of non-combatants.¬† To put it bluntly, give Syria a good spanking.