The White House made clear today when it bombs Syria, it won’t be targeting its president, Bashar Assad, THE VERY MAN WHO ORDERED THE GAS ATTACKS that killed hundreds and possibly thousands of Syrians.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today:
I want to make clear that the options that we are considering are not about regime change. They are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons.
Even though . . .
It is our firm belief that Bashar al-Assad has long since forsaken any legitimacy that he might have to lead, and that Syria’s future must be one that is without Assad in power.
But, Carney adds, this must occur peacefully, as in Assad negotiating a transfer of power and his own ticket to a personal appearance before a firing squad. Now that’s not very likely, is it?
So we are about to witness another Obama-style feckless assertion of American power that will worsen the distrust of our allies and reassure our enemies. Obama will lob a few cruise missiles at Syrian infrastructure, kill some of Assads grunts who’d probably rather lay down their arms and go home anyway, and leave Assad himself untouched. Then they’ll rebuild the stuff and all will be forgotten.
If Assad must go, then Assad must go. I don’t understand what tortured conception of international law prevents us from seizing this opportunity to at least try to blow him out of his bunker.
I get that we don’t know what will follow Assad. At least we, along with our remaining allies in the region, can make some attempt to shape it. I don’t see how it can be worse than what’s ruling Syria now, which supports Hamas and international terrorism and has killed more than 100,000 of its people.
Allowing such murder to go unchecked is a real bad example to set for other tyrants who would consider doing the same thing. We can’t police the world, but at a certain point, our civilized, God-fearing nature demands some kind of action. Not boots on the ground, not any kind of extended intervention, but some kind of fast, strong response that damages Assad and, if it doesn’t kill him, lets him know we’re serious.
What’s more, the use of weapons of mass destruction is a national security threat to the United States, whose interests and homeland will come under such attack if we just allow these things to get thrown around with impunity.
The time is now for a forceful response that hopefully ends a genocidal regime, revives respect for – and fear of – America, and puts our enemies on notice not to step too far out of line. It might even bring Iran to the negotiating table in a serious way once its leaders know we kill people who use WMD.
But, I have little doubt we’ll get another half measure from Obama. It will be a compelling addition to the president’s extensive portfolio of foreign policy pusillanimity.