(Thankfully) President Obama Is Not President Bush
Many years ago I wrote that one of the disastrous side-effects of President Bush barging his way into war with Iraq was the doubt he would create for military missions when real needs occurred in the world. Such is the case with Syria needing to feel the world community wrath for using chemical weapons on their own people.
Over this past week many have tried to link President Obama with that of the failed leadership of President Bush. How anyone can compare the two men is laughable.
Many are suggesting that the world is not fully aware of the real facts regarding the chemical weapons that were used, and that once again the government is ginning up events to force a military strike. If anyone has been awake for even a small portion of the first term of President Obama a few things are most clear.
Obama is not one to swagger and bluster. He is intellectual and reasoned in all discussions. He delves into issues and comes to grips with them. He struggles to fashion policy that considers all the ramifications, as far as anyone can see them. President Obama is the exact opposite of President Bush.
No one likes having to use the military for a strike such as that which is being talked about this week. But there are times when military assets are needed to be employed to balance the world, right wrongs, and send a clear and unambiguous message to the one on the receiving end.
The facts with Syria are solid. Syrian officials prepared for chemical weapons use for three days before the August 21 attack, and their rockets were launched from areas controlled by the Syrian regime and landed in areas controlled by the opposition or contested. There is no doubt to what happened!
President Bush lied his way into war with Iraq because neo-conservatives had a firm control over his administration. Bush was not intellectually capable to reason his way beyond their grasp, and we are paying for that today with the cloud of suspicion over U.S. policy in Syria.
I have always placed my interests with the smart ones. As such I stand with President Obama and the world community who understand that using chemical arms is considered a war crime and banned under international treaties, including the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Geneva Protocol and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.