With all of the speculation over when President Barack Obama will order military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the one variable that isn’t being considered is whether Obama will order some sort of military strikes against a number of limited targets in Syria. Obama told “PBS NewsHour” that he has “not made a decision” on the use of force. “Although what’s happened there is tragic…what I’ve also concluded is direct military engagement…would not help the situation on the ground.”
As to whether the Assad regime carried out the attacks, Obama had this to say, “We’ve concluded that in fact the Syrian government carried out these [chemical] attacks, and if that’s so, there needs to be international consequences.”
While many analysts and Middle East experts have concluded that the Syrian Civil War, which has killed close to a 100,000, wouldn’t be decided by airstrikes alone, the Assad regime has pretty much acted with impunity and any U.S. or European airstrikes would be intended to send a message to the regime that for any use of chemical weapons there are repercussions.