For the first few minutes of President Obama’s speech on the Syrian crisis I felt pride for him. He first made a strong case for a strike on Syria — articulate, cogent, and even with some of the moral conviction you would expect from the likes of Ronald Reagan or FDR.
Then as he discussed the Russian-proposed diplomatic solution, he wavered. The diplomatic solution is future oriented, and that’s fine to prevent potential atrocities. However, the fact is that Assad would get away with having used chemical weapons despite repeated admonitions against it. A diplomatic solution without a military strike would send the message that a dictator can commit these crimes and get away with it. If he promises not to do it again, there will be no immediate consequences.
It’s not the message I would want to send as the leader of the free world.
Luis E. Arritola, Coral Gables