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President Obama had unwisely declared that the use of poison gas in Syria would be a game-changer, a red-line event.  Now he asserts that line has been crossed by the Syrian regime.  Yet, he hesitates to back up his admonition.  In my view, he should not have publicly announced a red-line and the U.S. should not intervene in the Syrian civil war.  But now the credibility of the U.S. President is on the line.  So, do we drop bombs and launch missiles to salvage reputation?  Does anyone really believe that launching a few missiles against Syria on conflicted evidence that it was the Syrian government that ordered Saran gas to be deployed will deter Iran from continuing its efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon?  The President has already been revealed as uncertain; the damage already done need not be exacerbated by a starting another misguided war that will unleash who knows what.  Who will benefit from our action? Certainly not the Syrian people, more of whom have died from bombs and guns than from gas. Passing off the decision to congress has activated a furious episode of political calculation.  What stirs deepest consternation is the sound of the cynical D.C. minds clicking away at deciding which side to take for political advantage.

(To tune of “Undecided” by Charles Shavers and Sid Robin (1939))

First he says he will
And then he won’t
Biden says, “We must.”
But then he don’t
He’s undecided and
A President must decide

Now he’s says it’s on
And then it’s off
Then he says, “We’ll see,”
World leaders scoff.
He’s undecided and
A President must decide.

He’s been sitting on the fence
While the whole world’s in suspense
They declare his words are all pretense
In big headlines
He said he’d back down that Assad
But, the angry Arab wouldn’t nod
Now he hesitates to use the rod
Why draw red-lines?

Truman said, “The buck
stops here,” until,
Obama passed the buck
Onto the Hill.
He’s undecided and
A President must decide.

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

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