Opinion
              U.S. President Barack Obama, center, with members of his delegation, speaks during his bilateral meeting with China

Obama’s New World Disorder

Photo of Gayle Trotter
Gayle Trotter
Lawyer

The end of the Cold War provided an opportunity for a reshuffling of historic alliances and power, and Americans embraced the idea of a New World Order.  Syria is the latest example of Obama’s New World Disorder.

With 9/11, we saw the culmination of a new, asymmetric threat from seventh-century primitives who continued to gain strength through the Clinton administration before perpetrating the worst attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor.

In the aftermath, then-Senator Obama voted against our overseas efforts to fight terrorism and vehemently objected to tactics, such as enhanced interrogation methods, some of which played a role in gaining valuable information that enabled us to dispatch Osama Bin Laden on his own personal quest for 72 virgins in the hereafter.

Americans have learned that the world is a more dangerous place under the leadership of our Nobel Peace Prize winner, who never seemed to learn that peace is best achieved though strength.

On August 20, 2012, President Obama drew his “red line,” promising to retaliate against chemical weapon use in Syria. We know that dictator Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria used chemical weapons after Obama drew his red line. We also know that up to 100,000 men, women, and children have died in the struggle.

Another two million Syrians fled to neighboring countries and now live in refugee camps. Rampant religious persecution occurs at the hands of violent factions.

Syria’s citizens face dire threats as part of daily life in this war-torn country. Recent news of a chemical attack that killed 1,400 Syrians, including 400 children, brought public outcry for a response. We must act in response to this heartbreaking situation.

Obama proposes a unilateral military response. The parliament of our closest ally rejected support for a military intervention. No other countries have offered to initiate military action against the Assad government. The rebels fighting the Assad regime include members of both the Muslim Brotherhood and elements of al-Qaeda.

At a press conference in Sweden, Obama disavowed responsibility for drawing a red line, deflecting criticism to Congress, the American people, and the international community. Urging action, he insisted we must “mean what we say” about chemical weapons.

Here are five reasons why the US should not pursue military action:

1. We cannot trust Obama to lead a war effort. His foolhardy unilateral engagement in Libya resulted in arming our enemies, who used our weapons to attack our people and kill four brave Americans. He has failed to bring these perpetrators to justice and has essentially ignored the murder, on his watch, of four Americans. No more Benghazis.

2. We do not know who will control Syria’s chemical weapons if Assad falls. Even without intending to take out Assad directly, our actions could cause his overthrow. We don’t want to provide chemical weapons to Hezbollah, a group that vowed to wipe Israel off the map. Nor do we want Syrian al-Qaeda elements to gain access to weapons of mass destruction to use them against Americans or our allies.