By John Lillpop:
As President Obama inches ever closer to a unilateral strike against Syria, without UN or US Congressional support, and without America’s most reliable ally, the British, following in puppy-dog obedience, The One finds himself in an awful quandary, entirely of his own making.
For it is Obama, not former President George W. Bush, who is now obsessed with Weapons of Mass Destruction, such obsession driving Obama to issue a “red line” threat to the Syrians more than a year ago.
On August 20, 2012, Obama said:
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus,” Obama said. “That would change my equation. We’re monitoring that situation very carefully. We have put together a range of contingency plans.”
Of course that statement came in the middle of a presidential political campaign in which The One was anxious to prove that he was tough enough to warrant a second term as Commander-In-Chief.
Unfortunately, Obama’s “red line” threat was apparently seen as little more than campaign rhetoric by Syria who, just one year later, on August 21, 2013, defied Obama with a chemical attack that Secretary of State John Kerry has described as “the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians” in the suburbs of Damascus…”
Having failed to frighten or convince anyone, other than mindless Democrat voters with his smooth-talking campaign drivel, The One is now posturing to save face by risking a third world war in order to punish Syria for challenging the power and authority of the self-anointed Messiah from Chicago.
The One is now threatening a “limited” war, just to show the recalcitrant Syrians that he will not be defied—Allah notwithstanding!
Obama’s ability to wage unilateral war may be Unconstitutional and a “moral obscenity,” but it almost certainly will not be limited.
In order to be limited, the people that Obama would punish must endure an onslaught of Tomahawk missiles without fighting back.
Indeed, Obama’s naïve plans for a “Limited” assault could spin out of control, and rile the Russians, the Chinese, and other evil men into a regional war, or even Word War 111.
Before acting impulsively and without considering the unintended consequences of a face-saving war, The One should consider his own words from March of 2009 in which he preached to the Iranian people:
“So in this season of new beginnings I would like to speak clearly to Iran’s leaders,” Mr Obama said in the video. “We have serious differences that have grown over time. My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the US, Iran and the international community.”
At his inauguration last month, the president said his administration would reach out to rival states, declaring “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
In his message, Mr Obama also stated, “We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.”
Well said, Mr. President!
Perhaps it is time for YOU to unclench your fist and cease those meaningless “red line” threats?
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