Statement on the Situation in Syria
August 29, 2013
As events in Syria worsen and the international community looks on, I must make it clear that the United States should not conduct any military strike or action against in Syria at this time.
There is absolutely no evidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its people. U.S. officials are making assertions that are based off of circumstantial and un-verified evidence, and it is not acceptable to go to war without hard evidence of any wrong doing.
We must remember the mistakes made by the past administration in going to war over false and circumstantial intelligence, and we must not repeat the same mistake.
I would remind President Barack Obama that he himself fiercely criticized former President Geroge W. Bush for going to war in Iraq without hard evidence and/or false intelligence.
Hypocrisy is not a good foreign policy, and we will pay a great price if the mistakes of the past are repeated.
We hold truth that the promises and guarantees of our nation’s sacred creed are reserved not just for the few who can afford it, but for all across this land who are reaching for a brighter and more promising tomorrow.
With the start of the sacred month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world… Ramadan Kareem.
I like that maybe some little boy somewhere who doesn’t have a dad in his house sees Michelle, the girls, and me out somewhere and is going to carry that image in his head with him somewhere down the road.
Image description: On June 6, 1944, Allied forces descended upon the beaches of Normandy, France in what is known as D-Day. Learn about this historic World War II moment.
This photo shows soldiers wading through surf and Nazi gunfire to secure a beachhead during the invasion.
Photo from the Army.
“Success may not come quickly or easily. But if you strive to do what’s right, if you work harder and dream bigger, if you set an example in your own lives and do your part to help meet the challenges of our time, then I’m confident that, together, we will continue the never-ending task of perfecting our union.” —President Obama to Morehouse College graduates, 5/19/13.