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Francois Hollande mangler styrke og vilje til å redde Frankrike fra å bli en annenrangs nasjon. Men han har sans for militære operasjoner. Først Mali, og nå vil han assistere USA i Syria.

Mens USA næreste allierte takker nei, sier franskmennene som tradisjonelt har hatt et kjølig forhold til USAs utenrikspolitiske linje, ja til å delta i straffeaksjonen mot Bashar al-Assad.

 

“There are few countries that have the capacity to inflict a sanction by the appropriate means. France is one of them,” Hollande said, according to Reuters. “We are ready. We will decide our position in close liaison with our allies.”

Tyskland er ikke en gang blitt spurt, og ingen ville drømme om å gjøre det.

 

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the Neue Osnabrücker newspaper that Berlin’s participation in a U.S.-led coalition has “neither been asked nor is it being considered by us.”

 

Men også Obama må ta hensyn til andre, både opinionen og Kongressen. Opinionen er motstander av en ny krig, men kan tolerere en straffeekspedisjon. Kongressen krever å bli hørt. Det kan by på overraskelser. Hva er Obamas game plan? Etter å ha bombet, hva gjør man så?

The American public opposes broad military action in Syria, according to an NBC poll released Friday, but is more open to Obama’s proposal of limited weapons strikes that could undermine Syria’s chemical weapons capability.

Still, an overwhelming majority of Americans want Obama to win the approval of Congress before authorizing such a strike, the poll found.

Selv blant de militære murres det.

The possibility of American action in Syria has stirred concern among many current and former U.S. military officials, who say the mission is ambiguous and the military is fatigued and overextended from the Iraq and Afghan wars.

 

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/hollande-france-ready-to-act-against-syria/2013/08/30/8a439b2a-1167-11e3-b4cb-fd7ce041d814_story.html