This time, we can’t even rustle up support from our most loyal ally, Britain, much less the international community, an inconvenience that puts the U.S. in possible conflict with international law, as Obama himself has mentioned. Speaking to CNN in late August, Obama remarked that without a U.N. mandate “there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it [missile strikes].”
Indeed, military lawyers tell me that using force without international sanction violates international law unless the action is in self-defense.
Much as we despise what Assad has done during two years of civil war, we clearly are not in imminent danger from Syria.
As always, we have to wonder: Who is the greater threat? Assad? Or those who seek to depose him, including the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda?
Administration officials insist that most of those in the opposition are moderates, but hasn’t such faith blinded us before?
Kathleen Parker is a columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at email@example.com.