Can we trust our government? It’s a question that has gained merit in the wake of what seems to be multiple usurpations by our elected officials. What began as hope and change morphed into a betrayal of promises, lack of transparency, schemes behind locked doors, massive bills being passed in the dark of night, and millions of tax payer dollars flowing to bankrupt-headed green energy “investors.” We’ve seen a gross abuse of power by the NSA, bulling of conservative groups by the IRS, and a President that flew Air Force One to a fundraiser in Las Vegas the day after radical Islamic terrorists attacked our embassy killing our ambassador and three American heroes. What retribution was given by America’s trusted officials for a magnitude of an attack we hadn’t seen since 1979, which resulted in the death of a U.S. Ambassador? We got an absent president and a denying secretary of state selling political fairy tales. A fairy tale by an administration which claimed it had a “high degree of confidence” that the Benghazi attacks were caused by a YouTube video released 2 months prior to the attack. In a pre-election photo op President Obama said his biggest priority was to “bring to justice” the killers who attacked our people in Benghazi.
“But my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice and I think the American people have seen that’s a commitment I’ll always keep.” -President Obama
Where is this justice?
The problem with Syria? Most American’s do not have a “high degree of confidence” in this administration. They don’t have confidence in this president. Many see a government which no longer represents the will of it’s people. They see a president that seems more comfortable playing the part of international lawyer than the leader of the free world.
The clouds have darkened around President Obama and the message is muddled. Obama and his aides have offered varied and often shifting justifications for military action against Syria, and differing explanations of what an intervention in the nation would look like. In London, Secretary of State John Kerry said that a U.S. military strike on Syria would constitute an “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort”, and President Obama has reiterated that there will be no “boots on the ground”.
But is that really a possibility?
Would it be a limited strategic bombing campaign like say, Pearl Harbor in 1941? Was that not a limited air strike with no boots on the ground? Was Pearl Harbor not interpreted as an act of war? The far reaching implications of an “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort” could lead to retaliatory actions toward the U.S. or one of its allies. The State Department intercepted an order from the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Qasem Soleimani, to Shiite militia groups in Iraq, instructing them that that they must “be prepared to respond with force” if the United States does launch an attack on Syria.
Then what is the end game? After slapping the Syrian President Assad on the wrist for allegedly using chemical weapons on its own people, what next? Allow him to keep the same dangerous chemical weapons?
Is President Assad the only “bad actor” in Syria? Who are the rebel fighters that we would be aiding with an attack on Assad? Who the rebels are is of great significance. After two years of the Obama administration arguing that the Syrian rebellion has been infiltrated with fighters linked to al Qaeda, John Kerry and Republican Senator John McCain now say that Islamic extremists are just “marginal players” in Syria’s civil war and would be unlikely benefactors from a U.S. bombing campaign.
One of the most effective Syrian rebel groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad is the al Qaeda terrorist linked group “Nusra Front.” Despite John Kerry and Senator McCain’s dismissal of this extremist infiltration, the Nusra Front has evolved into a formidable force numbering over 10,000 fighters who play a major role in the battlefields of northern and eastern Syria, but also present in the capital Damascus and in the south close to the Jordanian border.
A senior Nusra Front commander told The National that the group’s first goal is “to get rid of Assad, then (create) a state where the Quran is the only source of law”.
This same group recently seized control of Maaloula, a predominantly Christian village just 25 miles northeast of Damascus. Residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. One resident said the al Qaeda rebels — many of them wearing beards and shouting, “Allahu Akhbar!” — attacked Christian homes and robbed and burned churches shortly after seizing the village.
“They shot and killed people. I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village,” a resident said by telephone who declined to give his name out of fear for his safety. “Where is President Obama to see what has befallen us?”
The most heart wrenching picture is that of Christians being persecuted for not converting to Islam. A third resident reached by phone said he saw Islamic fighters forcing Christian residents to convert to Islam or face death.
“I saw the militants grabbing five villagers Wednesday and threatening them: ‘Either you convert to Islam or you will be beheaded,’” he said.
Where is the red line for the Christians that are persecuted and murdered for practicing their faith? Obama’s support for anti Assad measures only gives these Islamic fighters a green light to continue and increase the reoccurrence of such acts. Why is there a concerted effort by the administration to downplay the existence of al Qaeda’s influence?
Who does the current occupier of the White House support? What are his motives? If it comes down to this, as a war weary nation are we truly prepared to risk the lives of our brave sons and daughters on a nation with multiple bad actors and no clear ally? Our nation needs leadership now more than ever, but I’m afraid our elected officials have failed us.
Who is this man in the White House? Is Syria another one of this administration’s political fairy tales in which they think the American people are too stupid to think through?
I pray for peace, from our Nobel Peace Prize winning president, and I pray for him to make the right decision in this situation, putting America and our allies’ interests first.
I just long for the day when grown ups are again in charge.