Applaud Obama for reasserting America's moral leadership in the Syrian chemical attack

Whatever President Barack Obama's threat of U.S. military retaliation for the chemical weapons attack on Syrian citizens has accomplished, it reasserted America's moral leadership.

President Barack Obama addresses nation on Syrian chemical weapons

President Barack Obama addresses nation on Syrian chemical weapons

However badly Obama handled the run-up to Syrian President Bashar Assad's suspected gassing that killed some 1,400, including hundreds of children, it's clear that without Obama's missile rattling, Assad would have the green light to commit mass murder again. The rest of the world would have ho-hummed this crime against humanity. And, in the long run, America's growing, irresponsible and cowardly isolationism would have emboldened Iran's and North Korea's march toward nuclear armament.

Just as important was Obama's response to the tepid public reaction in America to the massacre, a

Basha Assad

Basha Assad

reaction that revealed a troubling strain of moral amnesia. It was as if America's conscience had taken a long nap, if not gone into a coma.


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