- Posted September 4, 2013 by
Los Angeles, California
President Obama blows hot and cold on Syria
So, okay, talk is cheap and this president who wants to leave a peacenik legacy is at the same time giving pass to the incessant killings of perceived militants by drones. That way America's moral ascendancy would not recoil because no US boots are on the ground thus no photos of soldiers in body bags flashed on primetime TV. Never mind that numerous innocent civilians also got "collaterized" along the way.
The genesis of Obama's turnaround from we-are-not-the-global-cop to being a tough-talk-of-war-president started with the drawing of a "red line" in the sand if and when President Assad of Syria uses chemical weapons to defeat his opponents. According to reports Assad had since called the bluff thereby causing Obama and his equally warmonger State Secretary Kerry to froth in frenzy. Kerry determined that Syria's use of chemical weapons was "undeniable" and a "moral obscenity" even while UN inspectors were still assessing what could have occurred. Can't imagine how Kerry subsequently maintained a straight face having been prodded to a virtual countdown of a unilateral attack on a sovereign nation only to have his president hung him out to dry.
The question is asked: Is the alleged death of a few hundreds by sarin in Syria, if true, any different from the thousands of deaths by hunger in North Korea and the unfettered killings in some countries in Africa and elsewhere for years now? No US military actions had been threatened or instituted on those countries.
A few days ago Obama said that a targeted, limited strike would be launched. It would probably last a few days, he said, and would involve cruise missiles from U.S. ships in the Mediterranean targeting military installations including air defenses. Telegraphing his punches, many said, thus allowing Assad's minions to relocate into schools and civilian buildings or otherwise shed off uniforms to blend with the general populace in cities. Meanwhile military and security bases are used as prisons for rebel supporters as well as Sunni soldiers of unproven loyalty. If pushed through, would such a limited attack achieve its stated purpose?
Then the parliament of Britain, America's staunchest ally, voted not to go along. What a difference did it make. Practically on the verge, Obama suddenly decided not to decide and announcing instead that it would be up to Congress to war or not to war. In the meantime, the honorable legislators can proceed with their tax-funded vacations while he reached for his own golf clubs. Other nations particularly Syria and Iran are having a hard time containing their mirth and contempt at a presidential bombshell that turned out to be a dud.