Ah yes, the "coalition of the willing"... my god I laughed for days about that one.<quoted text>
Yes. but Old Floppy Ears opened his big mouth last year and drew a 'Red Line' and now he can't eat his words. The only reason France is with him is because France's leader is a Socialist too and is trying to back his buddy. If the president was a Republican, it would be "Non!!!"
Bush-41 had 36 countries backing him and Bush-43 had 30 countries and Obama has ........ one!!! Syria is of no national interest to us.
Not that we won't forever be indebted to Moldova, the Fiji Islands and wherever Borat came from. I am just saying, why not have just called it "The Justice League".
I explained this before... maybe it wasn't you. Syria is NOT the target. Iran is. Syria is the door we are going to walk through.
I used to do this crap in a game I played years ago. If you want to attack a nation but you need justification and you can't just make something up. You find a way to attack a lesser nation that they have a defense pact with.
The target country is then obligated (if they have any honor at all) to help defend the lesser nation as per the pact. And as far as I saw it... That was putting troops across from mine on the battlefield, and I considered it an act of war against my nation.
So, it worked itself out with a bit of influence.
Same kind of thing will happen here.
But there is a huge variable Obama has to consider. And that is the Russians. They aren't interested in us screwing with things. They see that as their turf and it is their job to screw with things there.
Putin has already said he would send troops. I believe he went as far as to say he already had them at the ready. But that was months ago. A lot can happen in months.