Licence to war
US President Barack Obama's decision to seek Congressional approval before taking military action against Syria for its purported use of chemical...
US President Barack Obama's decision to seek Congressional approval before taking military action against Syria for its purported use of chemical weapons in the ongoing civil unrest signals hesitation. Until Saturday, when Obama announced his surprise decision, the world had been awaiting a quick response from Washington soon after the chemical attack details came to light. His announcement is a sort of denouement to the Pentagon build-up in the Eastern Mediterranean and its battle plans to destroy Syrian targets with cruise missiles. Obama’s assertion that he would seek US Congress approval before giving green signal to American forces to launch ‘a limited war’ means that until September 9 when the House reassembles after the recess, the Syrian government can breathe easy.
But the 10-day reprieve Damascus has got unwittingly can be used by the Assad regime to move the deadly weapons to safer places and frustrate American plans. More important is the kind of image Obama has projected about his leadership and the US as a global cop in matters of international security. The Syrian government has already seen it as the "start of the historic American retreat." According to State-run newspaper Al-Thawra, “Obama's reluctance to take military action stems from his sense of implicit defeat and the disappearance of his allies."