Is US Averting Its Airstrike on Syria?
US changes its mind again?
As another crisis threatens to drag America into combat, speculation started to stir if the United States of America will avert its plan for a military airstrike in war-torn Syria.
In an interview with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes, US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the issue by saying President Obama came out and announced to the American people that he made a decision.
"That's leadership. He said, I believe we need to have a strike." - Secretary Kerry
He said President Obama made a courageous decision - not necessarily the easiest way to get to the goal that he was achieving - but a courageous decision, and one in keeping with the Constitution of the United States.
Chemical Weapons Inspection Team Arrives in Damascus. UN PHOTO
"And yes, tough debate in the Congress because we're living through an enormous Iraq hangover." - Secretary Kerry
He says the American people felt betrayed by what happened in Iraq and the evidence wasn't there. Also, weapons of mass destruction weren't there.
The US approached that as learning a lesson, the intelligence community, the President, the entire White House staff, State Department - bent over backwards to make sure they were building a case that could not be punctured.
No one believes that the President would go ahead and use force in Syria
Secretary Kerry, assures that the President of the United States is not going to take off the table unilaterally any prerogative that a Commander in Chief has, and no one should doubt that.
He adds President Obama also, exercising his judgment about how the nation ought to make this kind of decision, felt it was the right thing to do to include the Congress after many Congress people in their consultations said, hey, "you ought to come to us, you ought to make sure you consult us."
Security Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution on Syria Chemical Weapons. UN PHOTO
"So the President did that, and I think that was the appropriate decision" - Secretary Kerry
In addition, Secretary Kerry also believes that Assad has lost all moral authority by which any person governs a nation.
"How can you gas your own people? How can you lob missiles for two years into universities and hospitals and kill innocent women and children, and then turn around and say, "I'm the guy who ought to govern you"?" - Secretary Kerry
According to Secretary Kerry, Syria on August 21 used nerve gas to kill 1,400 citizens - part of a civil war that has killed 100,000 and left 4 million homeless.
US plans for military action on Syria
Last month, as headlines starting to proliferate for the urgency of the United States' intervention against Syria, speculation started to stir as well if the US congress will vote in favor of military action to end the turmoil in the Middle Eastern country.
In an interview with Gloria Borger of CNN State of the Union in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the issue by saying that President Obama really felt very strongly that the Congress of the United States will weigh the issues and make decisive action to end the hostilities and brutalities in Syria.
Amid the notion that the Congress is divided and paralyzed, US Secretary Kerry said they don't contemplate that the Congress is going to vote "no."
He believed the case is powerful and grows more powerful by the day.
According to Secretary Kerry, President Obama is leading very powerfully and he's leading in the right way.
Kerry believes the United States of America should take military action to deter Assad from using these weapons and to degrade his capacity for doing so.
Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain english. Read more stories by Mina Fabulous. Contact Mina through NewsBlaze.
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