Has Obama Flushed America’s Credibility?

Blundering Into or Away From Another Distant War
Syrian FlagAs this week began with Russia, the U.S., China, and Iran all posturing over the brutality in Syria, I wondered if once again a small nation with little political clout in the world was about to set off another world war.It’s been quite a week. On Monday, Obama was ready to attack Syria after Congress voted on whether or not he should… he was considering pressing forward with an attack even if Congress voted “No.” By Tuesday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin had weighed in, offering an option he said would result in President Assad of Syria handing over all of his chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community for destruction. Assad agreed, and Obama put plans of attack on hold. By Tuesday evening, Obama was trying in a roundabout way to share credit with Putin for the solution… a solution, mind you, that will take months to enact. I probably don’t need to point out that it’s naïve to think Assad will hand over all of his chemical weapons. So it’s really a non-solution that’s allowing the Obama administration to save some face. By Wednesday morning, Putin had turned around and renewed an offer to sell weapons to Iran, throwing additional confusion on the situation, which will no doubt evolve again within days, if not hours. The political landscape in that part of the world is as unpredictable as it gets. Obama has stepped up to a line that could set off all-out war in the Middle East, dragging the U.S. and Russia into the fray. He stepped back this time. But how long will it be before he does cross that line? And what will that mean for us here at home?
Retaliatory Strikes
The biggest fear is that small terrorist cells will conduct retaliatory strikes here in the United States.What we haven’t seen yet on our shores, but is a rising possibility, are strikes with chemical or biological weapons. President Assad himself has assured the world that if the U.S. attempts to use military force in Syria, there willbe retaliatory strikes against American interests. CBS news anchor Charlie Rose, in an interview that aired earlier this week, asked President Assad to clarify, and explain what a retaliatory strike might consist of. Assad replied simply “Expect everything.”We know from experience that we don’t have to get involved in a war to be subject to a terrorist attack. We’ve seen these strikes. The World Trade Center. The Boston Marathon. Chemical attacks present a difficult problem. First, according to Nathan Myrhvold, a former inventor for Microsoft who has turned his focus to bioterror threats, chemical and biological weapons developers will be hidden. They will have a small operation, and they won’t announce themselves until after an attack. That makes it harder to prevent such an attack. We know that the effects of a chemical attack are immediate and devastating. If you’re at the site of a chemical attack and exposed to a large quantity of Sarin or VX, there’s not a lot you can do. Antidotes to these chemicals exist, but they must be administered immediately, within minutes of exposure, to counter the affects.
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The devastating effects of the chemical attack in Syria may have you wondering, what would happen if such a toxin were released here in an American city? What are your options?The first step in protecting yourself from a chemical attack is to become more aware of your surroundings and to get out of the way if you suspect danger. This is a valuable survival step no matter what you face. In Mr. Obama’s hometown of Chicago, 159 people, mostly young men, have been murdered since June 1 alone. Some victims were innocent bystanders who were just “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Once again, it’s up to you to trust you instincts when you identify any potential threat. “Move it or lose it” can become a lifesaving thought. Learn the signs of a chemical attack. This gives you a chance to escape before your exposure reaches critical levels. Watch especially for:

  • Suspicious people – attackers may be wearing coats even in the summer heat or they may be wearing breathing protection. Be especially aware when you are in crowded areas that are the likely target of an attack – sports arenas, subways, shopping malls.
  • Droplets of oily or filmy residue on surfaces.
  • Sudden bird and animal deaths if you’re outdoors.
  • People showing symptoms – many people suddenly coughing, becoming disoriented, or having difficulty breathing.

Second, you must be prepared to escape, immediately. Do not hang around gawking and waiting to see what is going to happen next.

  • If you can determine the source of the threat, move away from that area immediately.
  • Most chemical weapons are heavier than air, so move to a higher elevation than the attack source, if possible.
  • If the attack happens outdoors, go inside. Move to an upstairs room. Close all doors and windows. Turn off the air conditioning. In an indoor attack, get out of the building, but try to do so without moving closer to the source of the attack.
  • If you have gas mask available, put it on. If not, put on a surgical mask. Chemical agents are most dangerous when inhaled.
  • Bandage any cuts or abrasions you have, and if available, change into clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. Chemical agents can also absorb through your skin.

Third, you should know how to react if you think you’ve been exposed.

  • Call for medical help immediately, using 9-1-1.
  • Then remove contaminated clothing – cut away shirts rather than pulling them over your head – and scrub your skin with a lots of soap and water, as recommended by the CDC. Or just straight water if that’s all you have access to.
  • If medical assistance cannot come to you because first responders are overwhelmed with calls, go to your nearest medical center for treatment.

The time to prepare for such an attack is now, when you know the possibility exists… not later after it has already happened. By then it will be too late. The most essential survival tool by far is a well-prepared mind. Your biggest defense is being alert, knowing what to watch for, and knowing what to do in that kind of emergency.

Yours in Savvy Preparation, Lee Bellinger Lee Bellinger, Publisher Independent LivingP.S. You NEED to get down to preparing for what is ahead. And soon. Because we live in such uncertain, unpredictable, and unstable times, I’ve put substantial resources into researching and developing a comprehensive system designed to help you stay healthy at home during a crisis. Every family should have access to this important new information, specifically designed for meticulous planners who appreciate high-end preparation tools and strategies. It’s not for everyone, and not intended to be! This report includes information that can’t be found anywhere else – and is only for the most discriminating and serious providers to their families.
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