The news of today is being dominated by this issue before Congress on a resolution to authorize President Obama to act militarily against the Assad regime in Syria. This crisis has far reaching consequences for our national security far beyond swatting down the Syrian dictator's alleged use of chemical weapons.
It is true that the Office of the President, the overall defensive credibility of the United States, and even the entire free world (what's still free, that is) is at stake. Historically, such a decision and action by a US President would have been supported, at least with a slight majority. One of the problems here may be that Bashar al-Assad may not have used the chemical weapons. While it shouldn't be doubted that Assad, a ruthless dictator taught well by his father, would do such a thing, one must ask who would have the most to gain from such an act. Obviously it would be his enemies in Syria, the rebels, who are at least partially composed of and aligned with Al Qaeda and/or the Muslim Brotherhood. Could these people have staged the attacks themselves? No one wants to consider they would do such a thing but these are some of the same people who are perfectly willing to strap bombs on their children and send them off on suicide missions. They have been wanting and needing US support for arms for months. Many believe that arms shipments out of Benghazi was behind the White House cover-up of that disaster and that would explain why such a supply has dried up, at least from there.
Adding to the uncertainly surrounding the act and the anxiety around anything to do with the Middle East, the President's biggest problem is not Assad, it's not Congress, it's not the American people. President Obama's problem is himself. He is the most anti-American, anti-military president in US history. It's no secret, a majority of those in the military hate him and he likewise despises them. After all, they represent the only department of government that has historically not supported Democrats. It is no coincidence that his administration is on a mission to change the military to be more liberal friendly, i.e. his repealing don't ask, don't tell, his promoting women to combat roles, his Muslim outreach sensitivity training, and this recently revealed section in the military training manual and related mandatory seminars suggesting that Americans who spout the words personal liberty or states rights be considered radicals and potential terrorist threats. Also, not lost in the hearts and minds of our brave service members is the fact that the only government program this administration has any interest in cutting back is their own. One would have difficulty finding any American who would want their sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters in uniform to be sent into a combat zone with Barrack Obama covering their backs.
I believe there isn't much anxiety in Congress and out here in the heartland about giving a president military command authority. I believe there is much anxiety about granting THIS president that authority, a man whom very few informed Americans would trust given his track record of either bumbling or naively neglecting every foreign policy issue on the planet since he took office. His advisers on national security are either political hacks or a few military "yes" men. He is man who seems incapable of making any tough decision unless he's patted on the head by Valerie Jarrett and even then more time is spent on who else can be blamed if something goes awry or becomes politically embarrassing. Even when this regime does have a success, as with the taking out of Bin Laden, they cannot be trusted to keep their mouths shut when sensitive leaks to the press are deemed politically advantageous.
Should Obama be shot down by Congress, and that is a possibility, future presidents, and hopefully there will be a more capable and respected commander-in-chief at some point, may have their hands constantly tied by partisan politicians who deal more in political gamesmanship and pay-back than any current patriotic consideration.
This is the price to be paid when a man gets elected to high office and most of his support comes from those who couldn't even point to Syria or even the whole Middle East on a world map. Never has the country been confronted with the storm clouds of world crisis in the making and a president who is absolutely over his head in the job. May God help us.