Attacking Syria is a terrible idea

President Obama is trying to drum up foreign support for a preemptive strike on Syria but he is not receiving much support worldwide ("Obama says most G20 leaders agree Assad behind chemical attack," Sept. 6).

What is noteworthy is that for two years the Obama administration has stood by and watched and done nothing while more than 100,000 Syrians were killed in a civil war. But now, just because chemical weapons have been used by someone, Mr. Obama feels that crossed his "red line," and all of a sudden he wants to punish the Assad regime.

Some in the Obama administration think that if the U.S. does not act, our country will be perceived as timid and weak, a country that has lost its power and clout.

Because of the huge mistakes the Obama administration has made in its bungled foreign policy and Obama's continued policy of "leading from behind" — such as the sad Benghazi affair and the calling of a clear terrorist killing at Fort Hood by an extremist Islamic radical terrorist an instance of "work-place violence" — the Obama administration has lost any credibility it had before.

It should also be obvious that the possible explosive effect or the unintended consequences of such action will advance an escalation of terrorist attacks on Israel and cause the whole powder keg in the Middle East to explode.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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