Friday, December 13, 2013
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As for Syria, he said "My view is that if you have both a credible threat of force, combined with a rigorous diplomatic effort, that, in fact, you can you can strike a deal."
Clarity requires that we understand this in cold-blooded terms: President Obama is saying that we must be prepared to kill for the sake of credibility. This should be easy to understand. The cheapest and most efficient use of military power is a credible threat. No one doubts the U.S. has the power. If our will or determination is in doubt, this power loses its effectiveness until it is successfully deployed in action. That would be bloody.
No point arguing that Barack Obama weakened our credibility in the first place. The U.S. elected him and his actions are entered on the nation's ledger, debit column or credit column. The entries will remain after he leaves office.
Vladimir Putin has given Barack Obama a way to avoid backing up his original threat, but this has not strengthened our credibility.
John Frary, of Farmington, is a former congressional candidate and retired history professor, a board member of Maine Taxpayers United and publisher of www.fraryhomecom panion.com. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org