Obama, in a speech today amid a worsening situation in Syria, downplayed the possibility of US intervention without a UN mandate and the backing of a coalition: “If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it — do we have the coalition to make it work?” On the surface, Obama’s speech appears to be advising caution on Syria, but similar language has been used prior to previous wars. Is this speech a veiled call to former Iraq War coalition partners?
Rudd has called a halt to the election campaign today in order to seek a briefing about the situation in Syria. And on September 1st, Australia will begin it’s one month tenure as President of the UN Security council. Is the briefing Rudd is seeking really about the US wanting Australia to exert pressure on the Security Council in favour of intervention?
Time will tell.