There is no immediate danger to Americans or American interests. Our allies are not being threatened. There is no ticking clock. There appears to be no impending action from Assad or the rebels that needs to be stopped. There is no reason to think action now, as opposed to week from now, will have a noticeably different impact.
We have the time to get this right, yet Secretary of State John Kerry sure makes it sound like the Obama administration has already decided to take action in the very near future, before the UN inspectors even have a chance to issue their full report.
If the administration thinks the proof of chemical weapons being used is so strong, there is no harm in waiting for the UN report. In fact, waiting for a UN report confirming chemical weapons should help improve our case internationally. Let’s see what the report says so Congress at least has the chance to make an informed decision.
There is no reason a strike tomorrow, next week, or the week after should make a difference to our goal of “sending a message.” If we blow up something tomorrow or in two weeks I’m sure the Assad regime would still know why.
Why is there this rush on part of the administration?