Obama Warns against Unilateral Military Action in Syria
[An Nahar] U.S. President Barack Obama
I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go...
Tuesday described the violence in Syria as "heartbreaking," but cautioned there was no simple solution, warning unilateral military action would be a mistake.
"What's happening in Syria is heartbreaking, and outrageous, and what you've seen is the international community mobilize against the Assad regime," Obama told a White House presser.
Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Trampler of Homs...
has "lost legitimacy of his people. And the actions that he is now taking against his own people is inexcusable," the president told journalists.
"On the other hand, for us to take military action, unilaterally, as some have suggested, or to think that somehow there's some simple solution, I think is a mistake."
On Monday, top Republican Senator John
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former
foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution...
called for U.S. air strikes on Syrian forces to protect population centers and create safe havens for opponents of the regime.
"Time is running out," McCain said, with the United Nations
...what started out as a a diplomatic initiative, now trying to edge its way into legislative, judicial, and executive areas...
reporting more than 7,500 people killed in Syria in the past year. He added "the only realistic way" to save civilian lives was "with foreign air power."
But Obama cautioned the situation was not the same as in Libya, when the United States used its air force to back a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
In Libya, the United States "had the full cooperation of the region, Arab states, and we knew that we could execute very effectively in a relatively short period of time. This is a much more complicated situation," he said.
"Ultimately, this dictator will fall, as dictators in the past have fallen. But the notion that the way to solve every one of these problems is to deploy our military, you know, that hasn't been true in the past, and it won't be true now," Obama added.
Posted by: Fred