Syria decision won't save Obama's image


For a president who was elected on promises to wrap up wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the proposed war is an antithesis to his image that is epitomized by a Nobel Peace Prize.

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By Mansura Bashir Minhas | September 7, 2013

President Obama's conundrum propelled him to seek the approval of Congress before a military intervention in Syria. Despite the fact that many are calling this a political risk, the term remains a misnomer.

The deferral on an attack cannot restore the president's credibility that has already been tarnished. Millions of zealous Obama supporters like me are feeling betrayed. For a president who was elected on promises to wrap up wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the proposed war is an antithesis to his image that is epitomized by a Nobel Peace Prize.

As commander-in-chief, the onus of responsibility will ultimately rest on him. He risks going down in history as a warmonger just like his predecessor and losing the political capital that he has amassed so far. Obama must remain mindful that as a president of the greatest democracy in the world, he must exert his influence to seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria.
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