You asked my opinion of recent events in Syria, here goes!
Obama the Greatest Retreater in all of history spoke boldly last week in soliciting the American citizenry’s support of his threat to punish the Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons. Obama used the following explanations to fire up public support:
1. His comments were described as “circumspect, sprinkling his words with caveats about the modest scale of the operation and acknowledgments of the nation’s combat fatigue”.
2. He said, “We don’t have great options, for the region,” and described “a limited tailored” military operation that he said would amount to a “shot across the bow” for Assad.
3. He said he understood the Brits taking the vote to the parliament saying, “We similarly have a war-weary public.”
In his PBS interview, Obama also stressed that the option before him was a minimal one. America will act, he said, "if, in fact, we can take limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about." Politico summed that up with the headline "Obama: Syria Won't Be Iraq."
These comments inspired Andy Borowitz, resident satirist at The New Yorker, to sum up with the headline "Obama Promises Syria Strike Will Have No Objective." Here's his pretend Obama quote: "Let me be clear. Our goal will not be to effect régime change, or alter the balance of power in Syria, or bring the civil war there to an end. We will simply do something random there for one or two days and then leave."
At this point in the debate it looked as if Obama wanted to launch some type of “nothing” attack while warning the Syrians, Iranians, Hezbollah, and Russians to not take it seriously but to look at it as just another Obama political gesture aimed at the stupid voters who put him into office along with his liberal accomplices.
But then the Retreater got even colder feet.
If appeared even the “stupids” recognized this as being “beyond stupid”. Hell, even the folks at the drug store are scratching their heads on this one. So, like old one note approaches everything else, he called his staff together and opened with, “I have a big idea I want to test with you guys”. Then my guess is he said let’s do something that we can blame on the Republican House and that will help us in the 2014 elections. We can put it to a vote. If the House votes attack, then I have cover. If they vote not to attack, I can say they just wanted to vote against my plan no matter how right I am and how wrong they are (you know like Affordable Health Care). I can say they tied my hands and the poor American public will have to live with the results not to mention the lack of respect around the world. If any other Syrian civilians are killed, the blood is on the Republican hands. “Cool, the liberal press will say I rival Clinton (Bill) with my political genius”. And of course, the last thing Old Skinny would do in this meeting would be to give the usual order, “Call the press, lay it out for them, and make sure they don’t screw up the reporting. Write it for them if you have to. We have to put the noose around the Republican’s necks and fast.”
I think Obama would reflect, "The more I think about this the more I love it. No matter which way we go, the world will know we are weak and becoming more irrelevant with each crisis. And yet domestically, we can blame the Republicans again for not being bi-partisan. The solution: give me a Democratic House and Senate in 2014, and I will fulfill all your hopes and bring change to reform this nation in a fair and just way. Again, this is so cool! As Sanford said, this is the big one."
Same old, same old: Never let a crisis go to waste. Just cover it up with a big old fat juicy lie and move on. My opponents aren't smart enough, mean enough, or quick enough to catch me.
Jim, nothing new here.
The sad thing is I saw a quote this week from a US infantryman, "No war is ever over until the last veteran is dead." About 400 WWII veterans are dying each day. Many of our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans can not get the medical attention they so deserve because of the incompetence of this administration. It is obvious that Obama gets more votes from welfare recipients than from veterans. Those on the dole are chased down by the Obama folks and benefits are shoveled to them. Meanwhile Veteran requests aren't even looked at for months and months.
I strongly believe not one more American soldier should be put at risk as long as the Great Retreater is in office. He has no intention of doing anything but diminishing this country. The only exception for me would be to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities in a proactive attack with a clear objective in mind. Our strategy concerning allowing these whackos to have nukes is, I WIN YOU LOSE, NO NUKES!!!!