U.S. President Barack Obama faced a frosty welcome from Russia’s Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit on Thursday in St. Petersburg. At the summit Obama was pressured against an airstrike against Syria. Putin as well as China, the European Union, the BRICS emerging economies and a letter from Pope Francis all warned of the dangers of military intervention in Syria without the approval of the U.N. Many of them fear that an attack on Syria would hurt the global economy and raise oil prices.
Without the support of the U.N., Obama has turned to Congress for approval for a strike against Syria. The Pentagon has been ordered to prepare to target Syria, and many US political leaders are supportive of military action on Syria. John Kerry, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid all support the President’s call to action. Political leaders believe doing nothing sends a message of benevolence to our enemies and that the United States has an obligation to stand up to the injustices done in Syria.
The only skeptic seems to be Mitch McConnell. He said in a written statement that “while we are learning more about his plans, Congress and our constituents would all benefit from knowing more about what it is he thinks needs to be done-and can be accomplished-in Syria and the region.”
Without the support of its allies, is the US prepared to be singled out again in order to stand up for freedom and justice around the world? We are continually criticized for our military actions and could gain more enemies if we intervene. Other news stories report the use of chemical weapons by both sides in Syria, and Iran has threatened action if we choose to strike. However, can we stand by while chemical weapons continue to be used?