Great Satan US President Barack Obama warned at a White House news conference on Tuesday against unilateral military action on Iran and Syria, criticizing republican presidential candidates for their ‘blusters and big talk’ about a war, saying, “This is not a game, and there’s nothing casual about it.”
Obama cautioned that the Syrian situation was not the same as in Libya, when the United States used its air force to back a NATO no-fly zone.
He said in Libya, the United States “had the full cooperation of the region, Arab states, and we knew that we could execute very effectively in a relatively short period of time”.
Obama also repeated previous calls for a diplomatic solution to the situation in Iran. He said there was no need to decide now on military action against Iran and said new talks would show “quickly” how serious Tehran is about resolving the nuclear standoff.
He referred to ‘military action’ as yet an ‘alternative,’ but claimed he would explore it ‘when all else fails.’
The US president said, “Those, who are suggesting or proposing or beating the drums of war should explain clearly to the American people what they think the costs and benefits would be. I’m not one of those people.”