Obama’s Address

President Obama addressed the United States last night on why Syria matters, and where the United States should go from here. He said that the world has watched as protests to Assad’s cruel regime has turned into an all out civil war. The United States has offered humanitarian support to the victims, as well as aided our allies who are offering a place for the thousands of refugees who fled their country. Obama said that the United States does not want to get involved in their civil war, and does not think that we have a place to solve their issues, but situations changed on August 21 when Assad used chemical weapons to gas thousands of innocent men, women, and children. More importantly, America saw the violation of international law that prohibits the use of chemical weapons in use of war. Because these weapons can kill on a mass level, the world has worked for a decade to ban them. Obama said “the facts cannot be denied” that chemical weapons were used in Syria, as there are many reports as well as pictures that show the evidence. The question remains of what the international community is to do about it. There is danger to United States security if we do nothing about the use of these weapons, because we will be showing Assad as well as other cruel regimes that they can use chemical weapons with no repercussions. If the fighting spilled beyond Syrian borders, it can be a threat to our allies Turkey, Jordan, and Israel. Because of these reasons, Obama thinks it is in America’s national interest to punish Syria. As a commander in chief, he could have acted right away. But as President of the longest standing democracy, he felt that he should have Congress’ approval; for American stands better abroad when united. Obama said that he spent his four and a half years in office trying to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is proud that there are no more troops in Iraq. He said that he does not blame Americans for wanting Washington to focus on educating our children, fixing our economy, and creating jobs for the middle class, but wants to emphasize that his plan in Syria involves putting no boots on the ground. It would be a targeted air strike that would send a message to Assad that no other nation could deliver. Obama said that removing a dictator is not the objective. As for retaliations, Obama believes that the Assad regime could not threaten the United States military. As for our ally Israel, they are also fully capable to thwart any threat. Others ask why the United States should get involved when there is not clear ally in the conflict, and Obama answered that it is true that some of the allies are enemies to the United States, but allowing the use of chemical weapons would only strengthen Al-Qaeda and allow them to profit on the chaos in the region. Others ask why the United States should be the world policeman, and Obama answered that the administration has longed tried to use diplomacy. After meeting with Putin at the G20 summit, he has now asked Congress to delay the vote on the Syria force bill so that the United States can assess how serious these claims are. Obama said he will continue to speak with Putin, and is sending Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday to speak with Russian diplomats. They will put forward a resolution to the UN Security COuncil that will require Assad to give up his chemical weapons, and also for the weapons to be destroyed. Obama has asked military in the area to keep its military posture in case the resolution proves to fail. Obama finished saying that for nearly 70 years, the United States has been the anchor to the world’s stability. He said that the burdens of leadership are often heavy. He thanked the United States military and their family for their sacrifice and dedication, and closed with “God Bless America.”