On the way into work this morning and listening to NPR, one of the interviews was about the “red-line” comments and the belief Assad had used chemical weapons in Syria. The gentleman said the evidence is inconclusive and better intelligence is needed. How photos of people foaming at their mouths while lying on the ground is inconclusive beats me. I guess since we (most of the world) know there is a thing called Hollywood (etc.) that make sets for movies and shows, the matter is deemed such that the photos were staged so as to provoke action against Assad.
My position in reference to the red-line and chemical weapons connection has three parts:
- The USA should not be the world’s police/military force. I know it has been used as such in the past and on principle I disagree with it. Our military is to be used for the protection of our nation which includes, if the citizens and Congress agrees, the support of allies if so requested – that is all.
- O had no logical or professional reason to make the sound-bite statements of huff-puffing, i.e. “red-lines” in reference to chemical weapons and Syria. That is something neighboring nations & the UN should comment on.
- But since the chief-empty suit did make the comments he needs to back them up or plainly confess he misspoke and should have never said such a thing. Point 3 is required because he has chosen to also use such rhetoric in reference to Iran and their nuclear program.
The world is watching….