What prompted President Obama, always a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq, to decide to start an attack on a nation that has shown us no direct affront? Perhaps if President Obama had thought through his statement about a “red line” and what it would actually mean to enforce it, we would not be looking at this madness. Over 100,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war. Did President Obama seriously think that by throwing down the gauntlet, he would stop the use of chemical weapons there? Not one country moved an inch to stop the carnage in Syria thus far, so what would prompt our President to think a mere threat would keep the “red line” intact?