U.S. President Barack Obama’s shocking announcement that he would ask the U.S. Congress—known for its hostility towards the American president—to debate the need and benefit of punishing Syria certainly seemed to confirm the GCC’s opinion that the American leader is lagging behind the curve in Middle East affairs. Obama’s surprising speech capped a week of predictions of imminent Western punitive strikes against the Syrian government for its most certain use of Sarin gas, killing over a thousand men, women and children.
The rump-like Syrian government will be able to hide, protect, and fortify their most prized military acquisitions.Dr. Theodore Karasik
Saudi Arabia is probably the most shocked by Obama’s announcement, experiencing feelings of disappointment and abandonment by Riyadh’s U.S. ally. At a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, the Saudi Foreign Minister stated: “There is no capacity in the Arab world to respond to this kind of crisis.” He severely blamed the deadlocked United Nations Security Council, implicating Russia and China, for failing to approve international military action, two years into a Syrian conflict that the U.N. says has killed more than 100,000 people.