What has changed? Why is Barry Soetoro suddenly interested in “doing something” in Syria? Yes I am being cynical because to be honest I cannot see what has recently changed to bring about a decision that will mean that the US will officially take sides in the Syrian Civil War. As far as I am concerned this is a civil war and we should not interfere in that situation. (this sounds totally contrary to my position on Libya but I can assure you that I have been consistent in not lending support to either side in Syria because of their human rights breaches).
At some point last year little ghey Barry stated that the US will act if Assad crosses the line and uses chemical weapons. Well it has emerged that someone used chemical weapons but it is not necessarily clear as to which side used them. It is highly likely that the Assad regime did in fact use chemical weapons on the population. This is consistent with the other Ba’athist, the late Saddam Hussein. On top of that, I have always believed that the Iraqi chemical weapons crossed the border into Syria in the days prior to the invasion by the Allied Forces (the USA and Australia were involved in the invasion).
Any interference in this particular war has consequences. This is true because Syria is allied to Iran and to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Iran has provided its Iranian guard to be used against those rebelling against Assad. Hezbollah have also been active by sending forces across the border. Already in the Lebanese city of Tripoli there has been tension between Sunni and Shia Lebanese. Since this alliance exists, the danger here is that Iran will decide to move in more forces, especially against the USA. I have no doubt that Hezbollah will become even more involved than they are at present.
On top of that, interference by the USA could lead to conflict with Russia and China. This is because both Russia and China have been backing Assad. As such there is potential for the conflict to explode into a world war.
The great ditherer has finally made some kind of a decision, and the question I have is: why is that decision being made now, rather than at least 3 months ago when the chemical weapons were first used? For the record I think that both sides have been using them.
The only reason that I can think of for this change has to be the desire to create a diversion so that the various scandals are taken off the front page. If you notice the trend, Fast and Furious gave way to Benghazi, then Benghazi gave way to the IRS, and the IRS gave way to the NSA, the EPA and a variety of other minor scandals. Perhaps there is a more explosive scandal to come but what I see is Barry Soetoro using the Slick Willy playbook to create a diversion at a critical time.
Here is an interesting perspective on the Syrian/Iran issue. This writer thinks that a war with Iran is inevitable.