Opinion

Got a Minute: Pricked by a no pin prick

President Barack Obama has a reputation as being a very eloquent and technically sound speaker, mesmerizing audiences with thoughtful dialect and phrases that some critics might say were nothing more than political rhetoric.

Posted on 9/21/13

By Lee Coleman

Obama has come under fire concerning the Syrian civil war. Understandably, there are more details than meets the public eye but in recent times, Obama went on record as saying the use of chemical weapons on innocent people, in any country, would be a ‘redline’ offense and would be dealt with.

There are Washington insiders that say Syria has the largest stockpile of chemical weapons in the world. A few weeks ago, the world watched in horror as videos of Syrians in the aftermath of a sarin gas attack by Syria near Damascus were released.

The images were heartbreaking. Over 1,000 people, including nearly 400 children, were killed. Syria crossed the ‘redline’. Obama had full authority to respond with a military strike to deal a huge blow to Syrian capabilities to launch more chemical weapons. He didn’t. He went to Congress for permission to strike.

Now, Russia, on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad, stepped in and suggested a United Nations measure to monitor and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons rather than face a U.S. attack.

After a decade of U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama called off the debate in Congress on the strike and authorized negotiations on a proposed clean-up of Syrian chemical weapons, albeit with skepticism.

The last time the U.S. undertook such an initiative, Iraq was purported to have caches of weapons of mass destruction. Find them and destroy them were the orders. Nothing was found except a lot of sand and humiliation.

A Washington lawmaker, heavily in favor of this agreement, said a U.S. military strike would amount to nothing more than a pin prick. In Obama’s speech to the nation and world last week, he said, “The United States military does not do pin pricks.”

I was engulfed in pride I felt for our armed services. Obama was right. Don’t clown with the courage and resolve of the great men and women that serve our country.

Obama’s speech was precise and having been on the fence whether we should strike or give diplomacy a chance, I agreed with our President and knew in my heart I would back him despite my feelings on the potent measure our military would have surely taken.

Funny thing happened when Obama said good night after his speech. He was confident in his speech but when he turned and walked away from the podium, his shoulders were slouched and he appeared to be a very tired man.

He had been pricked by a Russian and Syrian pin. He didn’t back up his ‘redline’ threat, instead going the way of diplomacy. Hopefully, the plan will work but I am concerned about our President and his creditability in other communist or radical countries.

How did North Korea, for example, view the turn of events? I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if North Korea didn’t ‘test’ more missiles while the Syrian chemical weapons violation is on the table and grabbing all the headlines.

President Obama is our commander-in-chief and whether we agree with him or not, whether we like him or not, we must support him. He is our leader and the leader of the greatest country in the world.

I pray he, and our country, is not pricked by a no pin prick again. That would not bode well in any circles. Especially in the 188 other countries that signed on to defend the world against bad weapons.

In any country. Obama does not do pin pricks.

Coleman is the editor of the Republican and can be reached at republicannews@countrymedia.net..