Tonawanda News — Fair considerations, all — but they miss the point.
This isn’t a trumped up case for war, like Iraq. This time we see the proof on the evening news not only that the weapons of mass destruction exist, but that they were brutally used.
This isn’t endless war like post-9/11 Afghanistan. This time the president has pledged no troops on the ground and the authorizing legislation being debated by Congress expressly prohibits it, limiting military action to remote missile strikes at Assad’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Lawmakers have also promised to limit military action to 60 or 90 days — not the decade-and-counting blank check on Afghanistan that still hasn’t been cashed.
But there’s a simpler point to be made. Right now, out of fear or willful ignorance, other countries are reticent to act to stop innocents from being gassed to death.
We like calling ourselves the leaders of the free world. Sometimes that means putting your money where your mouth is.