The question isn’t whether chemical weapons have been used in Syria; the question is who used them. The White House is certain the attack was ordered by the Assad regime, but British Prime Minster David Cameron expresses some reticence.
There is never 100 percent certainty. There is never one piece or several pieces of intelligence that can give you absolute certainty.
Truthfully, the White House is probably correct. Syria is known to have chemical weapons and Assad is a ruthless, depraved little tyrant struggling to remain in power. So while there may not be a “smoking gun” implicating Assad, as Cameron says, the probability of his guilt is quite high.
Okay. So what now?
WASHINGTON — President Obama warned Syria on Monday that it would face American military intervention if there were signs that its arsenal of unconventional weapons was being moved or prepared for use. It was Mr. Obama’s first direct threat of force against Syria, as he has resisted being drawn into the bloody 18-month rebellion.
If the United States doesn’t act then we are nothing but a paper tiger, known throughout the world as the superpower that wouldn’t. Our unwillingness to follow through with our threats destroys our credibility and temps many nations, not the least of which Iran, to war. Indeed, Barack Obama has put America in a pickle.
How will the savior solve this problem? Will he attack? If so, will he obtain congressional approval? If not, will the Left call for his impeachment as vehemently as they called for Bush’s?
And ‘ol Joe, what will he do?
“I was chairman of the judiciary committee for seventeen years or its ranking member. I teach separation of powers in constitutional law. This is something I know. So I brought together a group of constitutional scholars to write a piece I’m going to deliver to the whole U.S. senate pointing out that the president HAS NO constitutional authority to take this nation to war against a country of 70 million people unless we’re attack or about to be attacked. And if he does – if he does – I would move to impeach him.” (Joe Biden on Hardball With Chris Matthews, circa 2007.)
Only time will tell.