Obama must realize the tremendous damage he will do to the
States and to his legacy if he fails to act.
He should understand the deep and lasting damage done when the gap between
words and deeds becomes too great to ignore, when those who wield power are
exposed as not saying what they mean or meaning what they say.
The distrust, cynicism and hatred with which the
is regarded in much of the world, particularly among Muslims across the Middle
East and North Africa, is already a cancer. Standing
by while Assad gasses his people will guarantee that, whatever else Obama may
achieve, he will be remembered as a president who proclaimed a new beginning
with the Muslim world but presided over a deadly chapter in the same old story.
The world does not see the complex calculations inside the White House — …The world would see Syrian civilians rolling on the ground, foaming at the mouth, dying by the thousands while the
Mr. President, how many uses of chemical weapons does it take to cross a red line against the use of chemical weapons? That is a question you must be in a position to answer.