It is too easy to take this opportunity to suggest we should elect better presidents. We would do well in the future to avoid fawning over oratory, getting snowed by coolness or driven to tip over a racial, gender or religious barrier. Let us demand instead strong commanders-in-chief who will tirelessly and unapologetically defend American interests in word and in deed, so that the world will know we are not to be trifled with.
Great. But what does that do for us today?
The sad fact is that an administration I do not trust for basic clarity on a wide range of issues is tasked with addressing a large world trouble spot.
So what do I ask from people I wish were not there? I am choosing to rest on the default settings of my core beliefs.
I believe America is a force for good in the world. This does not mean we can police every misdeed, but if it involves a terrorist regime that threatens our ally Israel while violating a clear global constraint against chemical weapon attacks, the case is made.
I will hope to heaven that this administration, which has lied to us about Benghazi and energized terrorists the world over with weak, stumbling stances, can muster the competence necessary to teach Assad a lesson.
I will hope the limited action is effective, but stays limited. I will hope that is enough.
That’s a lot of hope to direct toward a leader whose campaign based on “hope” drew no small amount of mockery from me. But what choice do I have?
While there is uncertainty surrounding the prospects of a Syrian military operation, there are some very definite dangers of doing nothing.
When the history of the post-9/11 world is written, it will observe that terrorists submitted when we aggressively fought them on their turf, and they grew nervy and ambitious when we let our guard down.
I wish I could read the foggy minds of the Obama team. Why are they so uncharacteristically willing to lead from the front in Syria? I hate that I am squinting in search of ulterior motives.
But again, this is America’s burden in the Obama era. The world does not know what to think of us, and citizens do not know what to think of their president.
So with prayers for the success of a military operation, and additional prayers that we can trust for once these people who have cobbled together such a shoddy foreign policy, I will wait, and watch. And hope.