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Yeah, It’s a Tough Decision

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 6:32 pm

President Barack Obama faces a tough decision on the Syria issue. Should we intervene in that civil war or turn our back on helping the rebels, who may not be much better than the ruthless Assad regime, which apparently has used chemical weapons against innocent people? Do we have a moral obligation to protect the Syrian people?

Most American presidents always have faced tough decisions. President Obama hasn’t had many like this. Political fallout always has been present in most tough decisions.

The president has made one decision: Let Congress decide. He doesn’t always do that. He had a tough time making that decision. If he see rough sledding in Congress, he tries to use executive orders to get his way. If whatever he and Congress do backfires, he can blame it on Congress.

Russia is an ally of Assad. So is Iran. Russia doesn’t want us to enter the war. Russia may send a delegation to the United States to talk things over. As expected, Russia has challenged our findings that Assad used deadly chemicals on his people. A Russian visit could be embarrassing for Obama and America if we decide to stay out of the war. It will look like we bowed to Russia’s demands. Our standing in the world has deteriorated because Obama has a record of being all talk and no action. He draws lines not be crossed. They are crossed. He does nothing. Russia is only a shadow of the force it once was, but it does have nuclear weapons.

Obama was ill-equipped with experience when he was elected. He has become part of the Washington establishment that is full of greed, officials using their government positions to get rich quick by going to work for large businesses. That includes Obama staff members and former members of Congress. Read the book, “This Town.”

What would we do? We would enter in a limited way, try to take out Assad, and not commit ground troops under any circumstances. Russia is not going to take us on — it can’t and knows the consequences if it did. In fairness to Obama, there are reports he wants to make a strike against Assad, but then decided to put it in the lap of Congress, which doesn’t return to Washington until next week.

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