(Aug. 29, 2013) — Barack Hussein Obama is considering military action against the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war with rebel forces.
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Obama has supported the Syrian opposition with arms, although members of Al Qaeda and The Muslim Brotherhood are known to be fighting with them. Reports of atrocities committed by both sides have been reported in the two years in which the civil war has ensued. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who Obama appointed for a second term in June, advised against arming the Syrian rebels based on concerns about the cost necessary “to preserve a functioning state” after providing assistance.
On Monday, Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military award, to Staff. Sgt. Ty Carter, who charged through a firefight with members of the Taliban in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009 to carry a gravely wounded soldier in an attempt to save his life.
Spc. Stephan L. Mace ultimately died of his injuries, and Carter was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), from which he told CBS News he has largely recovered.
Combat Outpost Keating, where Carter was stationed, was “surrounded” by Taliban with grenades and automatic rifles, resulting in the deaths of eight Americans with 53 wounded.
Carter described the outpost as “clearly undefendable” and “a dangerous place to be,” with Taliban able to shoot from behind the mountains. The Washington Post reported that “After the attack, U.S. and Afghan troops left the area, and American commanders tried a new approach to stablizing the fractious region: They began working with one of their former enemies.”
The U.S. Army website said of the award ceremony:
After telling the story of the ambush, which raged for 13 hours between 53 Soldiers and some 300 Taliban, and citing Carter’s complete disregard for his own safety, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around the 33-year-old Cavalry scout’s neck in the White House East Room, Aug. 26.