Whose “Red Line” Is It Anyways?


“The United States, our service men and women, and everyday citizens are a symbol of hope and prosperity in a world plagued by corruption, poverty, and violence.”

This past Saturday President Obama learned that once you draw the “red line” you are eventually going to have to follow through on your word. President Obama held a press conference that addressed the horrible situation that had been occurring in Syria for the past 2 years. Over the past 2 years over 100,000 people have died in the conflict in Syria, but not until an attack on August 21st did the situation in Syria really catch the eye of the White House and the President.

There was an apparent chemical weapons attack that occurred in a suburb that killed over 1,400 civilians, including countless children. This attack crossed the big bright red line that President Obama discussed. Obama finally after 2 years is addressing the situation in a way that makes sense with his “Obama Doctrine” of foreign policy. His philosophy is that whenever there is a human crisis or inhumane actions that are taking place in a country, it is the United States job to intervene. We saw this in Egypt and Libya, but having a philosophy like the one above leaves the door open to thousands of possible conflicts the United States could be tied into.

The other problem is how does the White House and Obama pick and choose what conflicts and situations to get our military and country involved with. If our country begins to pick and choose, some nations and people throughout the world may begin to say, the United States is only fighting in situations that will benefit them in the long run.

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