Amid the increased likelihood that President Barack Obama will cave in to pressure from foreign policy hawks to “Libya-ize” Syria and to accord Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the same treatment meted out to Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the main question is WHY? Obviously, there is concern about the human rights catastrophe in Syria, but is the main target Syria’s main ally, Iran, as many suspect?
For several years now, President Barack Obama has resisted demands from neocons, Republicans and hawkish Democrats that he intervene militarily in Iran and Syria, but he also has failed to negotiate seriously with those two governments, thus making a drift toward war more likely.
President Obama spoke with reporters today and outlined his case against Syria's use of chemical weapons to attack and kill more than a thousand civilians, including hundreds of children. The president also said he hasn't committed to action yet, but that the chemical weapons represent a threat to U.S. national security.
CNN obtained the 13 different videos seen by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee depicting aftermath of an chemical weapons attack in Syria on August 21. The Obama administration claimed that the intelligence community verified the authenticity of the videos that show "Men sprawled on a tile floor, shirtless and convulsing."