President Obama seeks finally Congress approval for a punitive attack on Syria after the chemical weapon assault in Damascus last week. What else? The commander-in-chief of the only left super power has made more mistakes (“Make no mistake!” has ironically become one of his more familiar quotes) than his predecessor so far. The U.S. government’s intelligence assessment, which has been made public, is not sufficient. A statement such as, “Our high confidence assessment [that the Syrian government had carried out a chemical weapons attack against opposition forces] is the strongest position that the U.S. Intelligence Community can take short of confirmation. We will continue to seek additional information to close gaps in our understanding of what took place,” must be considered rubbish. This must not be the basis for another war in the Middle East with expected thousands of civil casualties. Who will ultimately suffer from “punitive” measures?
It is hoped that Obama will be defeated in Congress as was Prime Minister David Cameron in the British Parliament yesterday. Certainly, lawmakers there have read their own meager intelligence assessment. Again, after the made-up case for the 2003 attack on Iraq, sentences such as “There is some intelligence to suggest regime culpability in this attack. These factors make it highly likely that the Syrian regime was responsible,” are not sufficient.
31 August 2013 @ 7:30 pm.
Last modified August 31, 2013.