Re "Obama faces skepticism in making case on Syria" (Page A1, Aug. 29): To date, the facts about the Ghouta gas attack are not sufficiently compelling to justify our attacking Syria. If there is only a 1 percent likelihood that the gas attacks were carried out by Jabhat-al-Nusra to provoke us into attacking Bashar Assad, we should hold off until we know for sure that we are punishing the right perpetrator. Far better for the United States to err on the side of caution than to be proven wrong at some future date.
President Barack Obama may feel boxed in by his previous "red line" remarks and does not want to appear to be a wimp. However, it is not weakness to declare that we need to be 100 percent certain of our facts before attacking another nation. Americans need to know that the benefits of such an attack outweigh the risks, and I fear the risks of unintended consequences are enormous.
-- Richard F. Conrad, Rocklin