In 2013, the Obama administration declared a diplomatic victory. They struck an agreement with Syria under which the regime would destroy its chemical weapons permanently and completely. But today, reports that show Syria never honored the deal, and we’ve done nothing about it.
Turing a blind eye to these violations indicates to Iran and our allies that they cannot rely on the Obama administration to enforce agreements in the future.
Heritage expert Jim Philips explains why it is important that President Obama enforce their agreement with Syria:
The Obama Administration cannot afford to continue turning a blind eye to the Assad regime’s use of chlorine gas and other chemical weapons against its own people. Such ostrich-like behavior amounts to an abject abandonment of President Obama’s “red line” against Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Worse, it emboldens Assad to step up his use of those illegal weapons.
Continued inaction also would send a dangerous signal to Iran: that the United States has no appetite for confronting and punishing Tehran should it decide to violate terms of the pending nuclear agreement.
A firm stance against Syrian chemical warfare violations would reassure nervous allies, such as Israel, and show Iran that any violations of a nuclear deal will be vigorously monitored and enforced.
Do you think the Obama administration is doing its best to protect America’s international interests?