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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ready to Make Feeble Unilateral Gesture Against Syria

Posted on | August 30, 2013 | 56 Comments

The British Parliament voted against war, but now that the oceans stopped rising and the planet has begun to heal and Obama has “restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth” — what, you didn’t notice? — President Gutsy Call has decided that go-it-alone foreign policy and military intervention without congressional authorization are the humane and democratic thing to do:

The goal of the cruise missile strikes the United States is planning to carry out in Syria is to restore the smudged “red line” that President Obama drew a year ago against the use of poison gas. . . .
But the military strategy that the Obama administration is considering is not linked to its larger diplomatic strategy of persuading President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to yield power and support negotiations that would end the bloody civil war. . . .
Mr. Obama appeared to acknowledge as much on Wednesday when he characterized the potential military operation as “a shot across the bow” that would be intended to caution Mr. Assad from further chemical weapons attacks. “That doesn’t solve all the problems inside of Syria,” Mr. Obama told the PBS program “NewsHour,” “and, you know, it doesn’t obviously end the death of innocent civilians inside of Syria.”

A mere gesture — a politically motivated gesture rejected by our allies, a gesture that won’t actually achieve any tangible policy goal, except to remind our nation’s enemies that when Obama talks tough, they can disregard anything he says and suffer no consequence more severe than a token symbolic response and an angry speech or two.



56 Responses to “Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ready to Make Feeble Unilateral Gesture Against Syria”

  1. CarlosGalvanJr
    August 30th, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    RT @OwainPenllyn: Nobel PeacePrize Winner Ready to Make Feeble Unilateral Gesture Against Syria via @rsmccain #tcot

  2. Quartermaster
    August 30th, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    It’s prolly a war crime. There’s gotta be something in the Geneva Convention against that.

  3. K-Bob
    August 30th, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    Hah! I’ll have to watch my wordifyin’ a little closer.

  4. Steve Skubinna
    August 31st, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    Otter: I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!

    Bluto: We’re just the guys to do it.

  5. Good Stuff
    August 31st, 2013 @ 12:59 am

    Kerry said “it matters because if we choose to live in the world where a thug and a murderer like Bashar al-Assad can gas thousands of his own people with impunity, even after the United States and our allies said no, and then the world does nothing about it, there will be no end to the test of our resolve and the dangers that will flow from those others who believe that they can do as they will.”

    Ok – War on Terror – gassing groups of people is terrorism – “this cannot stand” or be repeated

    following the story here

  6. SDN
    August 31st, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Because the “Samson option” is not just a figure of speech.