Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer reluctantly endorsed President Barack Obama’s plan to deploy military force in response to Bashar al-Assad’s use chemical weapons, warning in his memo Sunday morning that the United States going back on its threats would have long-lasting global consequences.
“The President of the United States drew a line in the sand, a red line,” Schieffer said. “At this point, that may be the only good reason left for Congress to give him the authority he now asks to respond to Syria’s use of chemical weapons.”
“When the President of the United States says something, the rest of the world, our friends and our enemies, pay attention. If we do not follow through, what impact will that have on North Korea or Iran the next we warn them of dire consequences if they press on with their nuclear weapon programs? More important, how will it be viewed by our strong allies like Japan? We have treaties that promise we will retaliate when they are attacked by nuclear powers. Will they now question our resolve?”
“I don’t like anything about where we are,” Schieffer concluded. “But in a dangerous world, when the United States takes a stand and then goes back on its word, we are left in an even more dangerous place.”
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