Eleanor Roosevelt said: “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
The President is obligated by the power he has been given to make decisions that he believes are best for the American people. With the possible Syrian strike looming, it seems that President Obama is making decisions based on his own self interest and self image.
The major problem with Obama’s decision making in regard to Syria—other than simple vanity—is that there are incredible consequences attached to a Syrian strike. First and foremost, we have no substantive objective in attacking Syria. Aside from protecting international norms on chemical weapons usage, we aren’t seeking to assassinate Assad, we are not looking for regime change, and we are not looking to make a major impact. So what’s the legitimate drive behind an attack?
Second, if we do take out Assad, allowing one of the nine rebel groups to take over, we could be allowing Al-Qaeda to take over Syrian stockpiles. According to Senator Ted Cruz:
“Just because Assad is a murderous tyrant doesn’t mean his opponents are any better. In June, the intelligence showed that out of the nine major rebel forces in Syria, at least seven appear to have significant ties to Al-Qaeda.”
This would pose a direct threat to the United States. It seems the more we learn about the rebel forces, the more many appear to be extremely dangerous. According to Breitbart:
“The village of Maaloula has been taken over by Syrian rebels associated with al Qaeda, who have stormed the Christian center and offered local Christians a choice: conversion or death. A resident of the town said the rebels shouted “Allahu Akhbar” as they moved through the village, and proceeded to assault Christian homes and churches.”
If Obama decides to move forward with a military strike, the end result could be monstrous. Similar to what happened in Egypt, with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood taking over the government, regime upheaval in Syria could mean the fall of another Middle Eastern empire at the hands of radicals. These are serious consequences.
I would hope that Obama would not attack Syria to aid his credibility, but I wouldn’t put it past him. The fate of numerous Christians rests on his decision.