Take a breath
Before President Barack Obama commits American treasure and blood to a punitive exercise against Syria, would it not be in this nation’s best interest to at least know whether that government truly is responsible for gassing its citizens?
The facts suggest this nation should proceed with utmost caution. Obama is a liar. Secretary of State John Kerry is an incompetent liar. This administration – as so many others before it – is awash in scandal and certainly is not bashful about throwing this nation under the bus to save its political bacon.
While there is the increasing probability that chemical agents were used, there is, as of yet, no real proof that Syria used them on its own citizens. Even the United Nations has offered no concrete proof. Al Qaeda is prominent among the Syrian rebel forces, and certainly would have no problem using chemical weapons on Syrians to reach its own ends.
There are too many questions. You have to ask yourself: Why would a government wait until U.N. weapons inspectors were on the ground in its capital before it decided to use chemical weapons on its own citizens? That would seem insane. Why would snipers try to keep the inspectors from reaching the site where the chemical weapons supposedly were used?
Now, American officials are hinting that the U.S. could hit Syria by Thursday to send a message.
Those of us who remember the phony Gulf of Tonkin incident that eventually cost the United States more than 58,000 dead and the eventual destruction of some of its most valuable institutions, see a parallel.
There is plenty of time to start a war and if we are to start one, we should be darned sure we are starting it with the party guilty of deploying chemical weapons in Syria. It is our duty to be 100 percent certain.
Once we are sure, we should send more than just a message. Until then, common sense requires that we should wait.
There is always time to kill and no way to call back the first missile. Let’s get it right.