Syria is in the middle of a long growing conflict. The. U.S. has felt the pressure to intervene. The country very nearly did just days ago. President Barack Obama has publicly declared his “red line” against using chemical warfare being employed by Bashar al-Assad. In a Presidential address, Obama justified U.S. military intervention in the interest of preserving freedom and democracy and the dismantling of weapons of mass destruction (original.antiwar.com 2). Other reasons for United States intervention include Syria’s continued external aggression towards U.S. allies and partners, and dismantling terrorist networks that could endanger the country. Obama’s own advisors believed that if the U.S. did not retaliate with violence we would appear weak. However, as soon as Obama addressed the stance on Syria, there was public outcry nationwide for peace. Therefore Congress informed Obama that he would likely not relieve congressional approval to retaliate. But he would not have to. As fate would have it, on September 9th Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Obama that Syria surrender all of its stockpiles of poisonous gas to the international community (www.nytimes.com 1). The President has currently accepted this proposal because it pleases the public, is a possible peaceful resolution of the conflict, and means that he would not be rejected by Congress, which would have negatively impacted his presidency. Congress was pleased, but Obama’s personal advisors remain skeptical on the deal as whole, citing Russia’s recent disputes with the U.S., such as temporary asylum of Edward Snowden. Hopefully Syria will ratify the decision to ban chemical weapons and find a better way of dealing with the jihadists.
Baker, P., & Gordon, M. (2013, September 10). An Unlikely Evolution, From Casual Proposal to Possible Resolution. The New York Times, pp. 1-2. Retrieved October 9, 2013, from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/11/world/middleeast/Syria-An-Unlikely-Evolution.html?pagewanted=all
Smith, J. (2013, October 4). US, Syria, Iran: What Just Happened?. Antiwar.com. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from http://original.antiwar.com/jack-a-smith/2013/10/03/us-syria-iran-what-just-happened/