Syria – Our lawless President hides behind the law for political reasons; Still, America has a decision to make…
All politics are to stop at the waters edge. Unfortunately for us, when it comes to Obama, he feels for everyone else that water is the Potomac. His decision to have Congress vote on the Syria matter is 100% political. 100%:
Since first being elected, President Obama has made much of his determination to “go it alone” when he can’t get his way from Congress. This has resulted in an endless chain of unprecedented, unconstitutional and illegal actions to advance his self-serving political agenda. At every turn, Obama has sought to make Congress irrelevant. Unfortunately the gutless GOP political leadership aided and abetted him, at the very least by doing nothing, and sometimes even colluding in his efforts. Marco Rubio’s disgraceful illegal alien “reform” plan comes immediately to mind, but so do the countless “showdowns” with the President, in which Republicans have repeatedly blinked.
But either through sheer stupidity, or likely, some much more malevolent, calculated strategy, Obama has painted himself into an impossible corner by pronouncing a very specific “red line” that, if crossed by our enemies, promised military action. So now when forced by his own words to deliver the goods, what does he do? Something he has never done before: he decides to “consult” Congress.
Do you see what has happened here? By giving the issue to Congress, he evades sole responsibility and makes himself look “principled” for pretending to follow the Constitution by acknowledging Congress’s responsibility to “declare war” — never mind that the contemplated actions don’t rise to the level of a war declaration. Because our national media conspires with Obama on a daily basis, no matter what Congress decides, Republicans will take the blame, and you can be sure it will be used as a 2014 campaign issue against them.
There is universal agreement in the GOP as to Obama’s intentions for sending this ‘vote’ to Congress – but what to do about it? What is the right thing for the country? That is the question we should be asking. The answer is more complicated. There is no best case ‘win’ scenario. The problem is both sides of this civil war are the bad guys. The rebels we are looking to support are sponsored by our mortal enemies:
While America continues to become an economic and moral wasteland under this regime, Obama is attempting to spend American treasure helping one nefarious side of an Islamic civil war in Syria – one which involves Iran-allied supporters of Hezbollah (Assad regime) vs. predominantly Al Qaeda affiliated rebels.
But in the case of Libya, Syria, and Egypt, we are actually intervening on behalf of our enemies.
Granted, Syria is more complicated than the other two examples. Bashar Assad is a sworn enemy of the United States, the closest ally of Iran, and a prolific exporter of terror. In a perfect world, it would be great to overthrow him and stick it to Iran (and their Russian allies). But the reality is that the strongest elements of the insurgency are saturated with Al Qaeda affiliated extremists, backed by Pan-Islamist Turkish President Recep Erdogen, much like the insurgencies in other countries. Why place American money and weapons in the hands of people who will be just as adversarial to our interests as the current regime?
If the right thing were to support action, I would support action. Yet we are to believe it is in our national interest to wait two weeks to render a decision on a telegraphed response that has no impact on our national security other than perhaps to embolden our enemies when our President leaves the announcement to go play a round of golf? If I sound confused it is because I am. And disgusted.
We are seeing the impacts of incoherent foreign policy in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and now Syria. I see no upside in an attack. Secretary Kerry’s assertion this will send a message to Iran, Russia, North Korea and China is beyond comedic. Obama has sent that message several times over. He won’t do anything that matters. That is precisely why Iran is fighting a covert war against us in Iraq and Afghanistan and why Russia is backing Syria. Obama let our embassy be overrun and ambassador killed with NO reprisals. None. If we were looking to send a message to the world community, hunting down those responsible – or better yet, sending troops when a difference could have been made – were much better options. This is a no win scenario. Maybe the best move is to not play this game.