“Maybe We Jumped The Gun Juuuuust A Little”

After all the calls for immediate action, it seems that there is now a call for “immediate discussion” before any military action can take place against Syria.

Earlier in the week, the Obama Administration, along with the UK’s David Cameron, was making their case for a military strike against Syria for their use of chemical weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry said that there was “undeniable evidence” to suggest that the chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people came directly from the Assad regime. As late as yesterday, President Obama seemed to be convinced that this was indeed the case.

In an interview with PBS’ “NewsHour”, Obama made the statement, “We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out and if that’s so, then there needs to be international consequences.”

Their “evidence” consisted of an intercepted phone call from a Syrian Ministry of Defense official with a leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for the attack. It should be noted that the aforementioned chemical weapons unit official seemed just as surprised as everyone else. Not exactly a “smoking gun”.

David Cameron has tried to assure the British people that there would be no military action taken without first being granted approval from Parliament. President Obama, on the other hand, has made it clear that he doesn’t necessarily need Congressional approval for a strike and that the decision to launch Tomahawk Cruise Missiles for a “shot across the bow”, rests solely with him.

Cruise Missile launch

However, as of this morning, there has been a clear attempt by the Obama administration (and Cameron as well) to walk back the rhetoric, in an effort to slow the march to war.

Exactly what type of action, if any, is going to take place, remains to be seen. In the meantime, the international community is holding it’s collective breath.

We will keep you apprised as the situation evolves.

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