As the violence begins to creep towards a tipping point in Aleppo, it seems a good time to laud the President for his inaction. Yes, I said his INACTION.
We’ve been down this road before, most recently in Iraq, and we all know how well that turned out…
Republicans have been capitalizing on the President’s lack of military aid (although I’m quite sure clandestine “back-channel” support is alive and well) and rhetoric with regard to the Syrian crisis. They want tough talk and threats of military action, if not actual military intervention in a conflict the resistance fighters themselves have asked that we not engage in. Hmmm, not invited to the party by the people we seek to help. Message received. Loud and clear.
The folks on the ground, and those in the State Department and Pentagon whose professional lives are consumed with studying the crisis and the nuances involved, overwhelmingly endorse the Obama Administration’s position on Syria. Yet that’s not enough. The pundits on the right, including failed presidential candidate John McCain call for “Moral Leadership” on the issue. Sure…let’s denounce al-Assad and jump headlong into another sectarian conflict. It worked so well in Iraq and for the Bush II folks…why not make the same leap in Syria?
The President knows that his position on Syria is a political liability. An electorate spoon-fed 20 second sound bites historically doesn’t tolerate actual foresight and intelligence. But to the casual observer, I’d like to applaud the President for not only what I view as his “Moral Authority” but his willingness, on an election eve, to do the right thing. I simply can’t believe a lot of politicians would make the same decision, including men and women whom I admire. That Obama is willing to NOT act in this case speaks volumes to me about the man and his character.
It says a whole lot more to me than any campaign ad ever will. Kudos Mr. President. Kudos for your courage. Kudos for simply doing the right thing in the face of adversity.