musclmed saidI recognize how perilous this situation is. And frankly Obama is f***ed. He got there on his own. I have said this repeatedly. If he decided there was a red line he should have received authorization BEFOREHAND if he though he needed or wanted it.
I am not sure if there is 1 republican or 1 democrat "foreign policy" on this. It seems that is all what you think about. Not everything is political.
I fault Obama for the way he is going about what he is doing rather than what he is doing. His dithering, indecisiveness has not served him well. Putin et al is making Obama look like a fool and a amateur.
Isnt it ironic that Saddam Husein also gassed Kurds. So in retrospect does that justify the Iraq war?
I'm not the one who made it political -- Republicans did that by holding foreign policy hostage for partisan purposes. If this were President Romney, Republicans would be on board just like they were with the war adventures of both Bushes.
You merely illustrate this point with your review of Obama's performance -- who cares whether or not Obama is "fucked" when children are being gassed in the streets? That should be the focus, but Republicans are too busy having Obama on the brain to notice or care. In Republicans' minds, Obama is always fucked -- that's why his re-election caught them off guard.
Unfortunately for Republicans, Americans know what's up. The Rand Paul liberaltarian crowd will bash the President no matter what he does. If he allows Assad to slaughter children, he's callous and indifferent. If he intervenes unilaterally, he's a warmongerer. If he respects the rule of law and goes to Congress, he's indecisive and waffling. If he works with Russia and the EU to help pressure and isolate Assad, he's weak and leading from behind. If he's careful and slow in doing all this rather than making a quick decision, then it's amateur hour -- and on and on.
In fact, if Assad now turns over chemical weapons to avoid a military intervention, then pressuring him with the spectre of said military intervention was smart power and yet another demonstration of Obama's skill at his job. And it's Republicans who are (again) going to be fucked in the eyes of voters for (again) being on the wrong side of history because they were (again) too busy being partisan hacks to care about the vulnerable.
And no, Saddam Hussein gassing Kurds in the 80s does not justify a war almost twenty years after the fact. Good try though, but good on the Democrats in Congress in 2002 for authorizing President Bush's war anyway instead of putting national security at risk by playing politics with foreign policy like Republicans always do.