Support in Congress and among the war-weary American public for military action against Syria is tepid at best, but President Obama will make the case that the US needs to act when he speaks to the American people tonight. You can watch it live by going to http://www.whitehouse.gov/Live.
We’ve been monitoring comments from our Syrian friends on Facebook and they want the US to act to stop Assad. Here’s some examples of what’s being said:
“Powerful words by Secretary of State John Kerry during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Syria Military action: “Are you going to be comfortable w/Assad gassing his people once again if we don’t do anything? Because that’s what’s at stake here. I can’t answer every ‘what if’ question regarding what might happen if we do intervene, but I know what will happen if we don’t.”
“Praying for the innocent beautiful children in Syria to have a safe place to sleep, enough food to eat, someone who loves them close by, and strength and hope to fill them and carry them through these horrible times. My heart is aching constantly for them.”
More than one million children have fled Syria as violence has increased. The Bush administration used the fact Saddam Hussein had gassed his own people as a justification for going to war. Now I see conservatives criticizing the president for being cautious and insisting if he does a military strike without consulting Congress, he has committed an impeachable offense. Pick one.
War is never the answer. As a citizen, I want details about targets, expectations of loss of life, and impact on what the strike does to hurt Assad’s ability to hurt his people further. The United States acted to stop genocide in Kosovo and Iraq. What do you think is the best course of action in Syria?