Saturday, June 11, 2011

Setting up for action in Syria?

Los Angeles Times' blogger Andrew Malcolm notes some interesting parallels between the Obama administration's rhetoric on Libya and its recent statements about Syria:
When President Obama launched missiles and warplanes against Libya's longtime dictator Col. Kadafi in March, it came after a series of public warnings from both the president himself and his press secretary, Jay Carney, in support of pro-democracy demonstrators and against the regime's violent reactions.
The ongoing attacks against Libya, which Obama said would last days not weeks, began as the president launched several days of travel around South America.
Obama later justified the aggressive U.S. and NATO action against Libya as necessary to snuff the "threat" of a humanitarian crisis in Benghazi where the ruler had vowed to kill protesting civilians.
At that time critics pointed to Syria, Yemen and elsewhere as places where violent repressions were already occurring and wondered about possible U.S. actions there, as well as an over-commitment of U.S. forces, now involved three military conflicts.
Carney flatout calls the deadly crackdown by Syrian security forces an existing "humanitarian crisis." Rights organizations estimate more than 1,000 civlians have died there in recent weeks at the hands of security forces of President Bashir al Assad.
On Syria, the administration seems to be moving at the speed of glacial ice.  It's well past time for us to take action of some sort against Assad.  Even rhetorical action.

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