I did not watch Obama’s special TV message to the US where he continued to press for military action against Syria. I did not listen because the President of the United States has a bully pulpit. The good will of millions and millions of people give him that opportunity. When he can’t convince the Congress to take the path of action he desires against Syria, he has the right to go to the people. He does not have a right to terrorize them or mislead them.
The world has tipped-in a good way-towards responsibility. The 12, hard, learning years, we have put in since 9/11/2001 are finally paying off.
- The US populace has finally learned that there is not a terrorist behind every tree, no matter what the “experts” might say-Iraq.
- We have learned that governments sometimes make big claims –WMD– that do not stand the test of time.
- We have learned that Missions Accomplished in short order, may not be so successful in the long run – Afghanistan.
“We can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer in the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes America exceptional.” President Obama 9/10/13
WE, THE PEOPLE Can act, peacefully, by not initiating military action against Syria.