Lugar said that during his 2012 visit to Russia, he urged them to “draw up a plan to capture the chemical weapons in Syria” with the United States. With Lugar out of the Senate and Russian President Vladimir Putin sabre rattling against U.S. interests, there is a leadership void, a dramatic shift from the Nunn-Lugar era. More worrisome are the 2014 Olympics in that neighborhood at Sochi on the Black Sea.
This atrocity poses a test for President Obama. He faces a similar scenario President Bill Clinton did during the genocide in Rwanda and Serbia. Clinton did not act in Rwanda, and eventually bombed Serbia into submission at the behest of Indiana U.S. Rep. Frank McCloskey.
The U.S. public has little appetite for another ground excursion in a Middle Eastern country. But bombing runways and stockpiles, no fly zones, and special ops taking out WMD should be on the President’s table for a swift decision.
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