Today President Obama said- “This attack (Syria’s government’s chemical weapons use on their own people) is an assault on human dignity. It also presents a serious danger to our national security. It risks making a mockery of the global prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. It endangers our friends and our partners along Syria’s borders, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. It could lead to escalating use of chemical weapons, or their proliferation to terrorist groups who would do our people harm.”
Congressional approval will be sought for military action- Obama noted that “we would not put boots on the ground. Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope.”
After our government’s lawmakers rest on holiday, they will immediately floor a debate and vote to allow the U.S. to take action against Syrian leader Bashar Hafez al-Assad. Meanwhile, United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that results from a four-day field testing investigation to confirm the use of chemical weapons- it may take up to two weeks to receive results.
United States military members are deployed all over the world- minimal numbers in Iraq- still thousands in Kuwait and Afghanistan, and now three hundred Marines deploy on the USS San Antonio and join five other Naval destroyers in Eastern Mediterranean Sea in preparation of action.
Reuters has reported that Russia has deployed two of its warships to the east Mediterranean. –But Russian news agency, Interfax reports that their President, Vladimir Putin said that the naval presence is “needed to protect national security interests and is not a threat to any nation.”
There are conflicting reports on just how many Damascus citizens were killed and the specific element that killed them, but Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the nation Friday and stated that the “United States Government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrian’s were killed in the attack, among them at least 426 children.
Citizens of Damascus have prepared for a U.S attack by stockpiling essentials- water, food-and President al-Assad said his country will “defend itself against any Western aggression” as the Syrian government has continued to deny its involvement in the attacks- and has blamed rebels.
With this growing conflict, the approaching anniversary of September 11th- with Benghazi fresh in history- and the impending September 30 deadline to approve our 2014 budget- the people of this country must accept their responsibility as a United States citizen- to ask tough questions, insist on knowing specifics- it’s our obligation to the service members who protect this country- to demand answers.
As of October 1 we face a partial or complete federal government shutdown- if that happens, what happens to those who are serving in those most dangerous countries- Syria, Libya, Afghanistan- how are they to defend our country without the essentials THEY need? Contact Congress.