Monthly Archives: September 2013

GOP Should Support Obama’s Stance on Syria

Syria under government crackdown

The most recent Address to the Nation was reminiscent of the speech Obama gave in Oslo, Norway in 2009. Obama acknowledged the virtues of nonviolence but said that military force was sometimes necessary. He cited World War II and the involvement of the powerful Allies that lead to Hitler’s defeat.

Being a Super Power comes with the responsibility to stop evil where diplomacy has failed. The US must lead the world in a zero tolerance policy for the use of weapons of mass destruction. A failure to act in Syria poses a threat to Americans as well as to the world at large. What is happening in Syria cannot be excused and swift action must be taken. Iran has been the largest supporter of the Assad regime. American’s military inaction in Syria sends a message to Tehran that they have impunity to continue their reign of terror. This terror will no doubt be turned towards Israel. Iran is carefully watching to see how America reacts towards Assad’s use of WMDs.

The President outlined a plan to strike Syria’s military targets. A UN agreement may soon be reached in which the WMDs will be handed over to be destroyed. These are all necessary steps to ensure atrocities committed against the Syrian people do not happen again.

I ask both Democrats and Republicans to put aside your political differences and support President Obama and the stand he is taking against evil. We owe it to the world support our President as he seeks to blunt and punish Assad.

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Back Obama on Syria Strike, Despite Opposition

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The Obama Administration is correct in seeking Congressional support for a necessary military strike on Syria. For that to happen, Congress should demand clear and compelling evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons. Currently, there is low public support for a military strike. When faced with a similar situation, then President Kennedy showed photographic evidence to the America public, of Russian missiles on 90 miles way. That proof proved to be the turning point in showing the Russians and the American people what we would and would not tolerate when it comes to our defense. President Obama would do well to follow this example.

Iran is watching closely to see what will happen if the “red line” that President Obama drew, gets crossed. If there is no military retaliation, Iran can justifiably assume that America tolerates the use of WMDs and by extension, the world will come to accept an Iranian nuclear policy. A congressional vote to act against Syria is an act against the uses of chemical weapons. Given their low cost and ease of shipment, the United States could very well be faced with these weapons used against civilians on our own soil.

President Obama is to be commended for seeking Congressional approval for a military strike. Syria may have pushed the envelope too far to risk the wait, and Congress is justified in granting the President limited military approval. This approval, and the consequent actions sends a clear and resounding message to Assad and the world about American values.

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