By Robert Mann
Here we go again. Yet another president presents evidence of an atrocity that demands U.S. military action. Now it’s Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad reportedly murdered 1,429 civilians – including 426 children – with chemical weapons. An estimated 100,000 Syrians have already died in that country’s civil war, but this alleged attack crosses President Obama’s “red line.” Now, Washington prepares for war.
Describing what we “know” about the chemical attacks, Secretary of State John Kerry says, “American intelligence community has high confidence” Assad ordered them. “These are facts,” he tells us.
Doesn’t this all sound familiar? A dictator commits atrocities. Conclusive evidence is marshaled to demonstrate that he’s a monster. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” then-Vice President Dick Cheney told us in August 2002. Only there were no such weapons.
But never mind that, there’s another tyrant murdering his people and, this time, we’re sure the evidence is sound. And just like last time, we must act or we lose credibility (just how’d our credibility fare during the Iraq War?).
- The credibility crisis can’t be solved with Tomahawk missiles (hotair.com)
- 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask (sannimuhammedblog.wordpress.com)
- John McCain Town Hall Crowd Opposes Syria Action (huffingtonpost.com)