Update II: Check out our new hashtag #JohnKerryBotox. We wrote an article months ago about #JohnKerryBotox that got a lot of attention today after Kerry appeared on TV (see, Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads; Update: Kerry making the full Ginsburg) and displayed his freakish appearance. A woman (Hillary or Palin for instance) with that much botox would be nonstop breaking news. StrayYellaDog made us giggle with this: “@HillaryIs44 I remember when Barack was the “anti-war” candy date. And Hillary was the warmonger.” We like “candy date” as substitute for candidate Obama.
As for Syria, what we wrote in the update below is so on target we can now add some developing evidence. Vodka for victorious and strong Putin: “Analysis: Putin sees chance to turn tables on Obama at G20″. Champagne for Syria: “President Obama has announced yesterday, by prevaricating or hinting, the start of the historic American retreat.” Exponential weakness from flaccid Weak Obama. Those that support Obama foolishness on Syria by applauding his forced going to congress (even though we are told Obama might still attack if the vote goes against him) or even an attack on sideshow Syria are wrong. Wrong. Syria might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and leads to Obama impeachment. It’s also a way to break Obama on ObamaCare and “immigration reform” and all his other treacherous flights of fancy. Hey Republicans/conservatives, read the introductory paragraphs of our main article (below) to read what you should say.
Update: Weak Obama has been forced to go to congress for authorization for an attack on Syria. Breaking: Obama says he will seek Congressional authorization for strikes. At his “press statement” today Obama tried to appear tough in demeanor but the central message is weakness multiplied. Big Media will applaud and protect Obama but world leaders and the sensible will see weakness tied to stupidity married to treachery.
First, Barack has been forced to go to Congress for an authorization vote. Congress returns on September 9. From ‘this is an immediate threat’ to ‘fiddle de de I’ll do it tomorrow’. Obama began this crawl by stating that the military is ready now or “a month from now” to strike Syria. Of course American military readiness has not been a point of contention. We know our servicewomen and men are ready. It’s Barack Obama that is not ready. The Obama “red line” is a “yellow streak” and maybe he wants congress to get him off the hook.
Second, Obama has thrown a lot of supporters under the bus. John “we must strike now” Kerry has been carpet bombed by Barack. The Syria strike is now a major political hot potato for Republicans and Obama Dimocrats. What Obama Dimocrats – you know the ones deranged by the Hillary vote for authorization of force in Iraq – will do is now a cause for Santa Clause style giggling belly mirth. All those Obama Dimocrats now have to become war-mongers like Obama in order to support the Nobel Peace Prize winner that rode an authorization for use of force in Iraq to career advancement. No doubt Obama Dimocrats will attempt to cloak this as an anti-WMD highfalutin moral crusade. Well played Dick Cheney, well played. And Bill Clinton… kudos. When Bill Clinton called Obama a “fool” a “total fool” a “total wuss” he was right on target.
Republicans too now have to put up or shut up. What will Republicans running for reelection do? What will Obama supporter Lindsay Graham do? Will Lindsay vote for a flaccid “strike” on Syria knowing it is so weak it will do nothing but give Syria survivor bragging rights? Good luck on that primary Lindsay. Good luck on that primary McConnell. The Big Question: Will Republicans vote to help Barack Obama and provide the votes for authorization and thereby cover for Obama Dimocrats that in their heart of hearts don’t want to be seen as “baby killers”. Or will Republicans take the wiser course we suggest below which Sarah Palin so sharply summarizes as: “Let Allah sort it out” a.k.a. let them (Muslim Brotherhood Syria) kill themselves (murderous government thug Assad). As in the Iran-Iraq war American policy should be to have both sides lose.
Third, the headline is “Syria Wins“. Champagne in Damascus tonight. Derisive laughter from strong leader Putin in Moscow as the vodka flows in celebration of victory. Putin will be hosting Obama next week and we would not be surprised if Putin pisses in a cup and forces Obama to drink – either from the cup or the “faucet”. The “rebel” groups and Jordan will be drinking hemlock. In Israel, more proof if any was needed that Obama is a boob and they will have to defend themselves if Israel is to survive. “Never Again!” Get ready to strike at Iran Israel because Obama will get you killed.
Fourth, this “debate” is going to take up a lot of ink and time. September was supposed to be about ObamaCare but now it is going to be a trip down Memory Lane as we relive the Iraq War debate. The young Obama Hopium Guzzlers and the older Obama Hopium Guzzlers now have to decide if they want to defend Obama’s deadly ObamaCare or Obama’s Latest War.
What should Republicans do about Syria and war monger Barack Obama? We’ll do all the work for them and write exactly what they should each and every one say (minus the kookoo birds like Lindsay Graham). Here is the statement every Republican should, in an organized, coordinated, well publicized manner, read from the Capitol steps or on every TV show they can get on:
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent.”
“The president has no authority to unilaterally attack
IranSyria, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairmana member of Congress, I will move to impeach.”
Use Barack Obama’s exact words and the exact words of Joey Biden. Watch the DailyKooks and the nothing Left debase themselves even more in service of Obama.
If there was any integrity left in them we would suggest the Obama Hopium Guzzlers in congress read the exact same statement on TV but there is no integrity left in the left. As to Republicans, unfortunately Keith Koffler reminds us all, the Congress will remain supine because they are on vacation and nothing is more important to these loafers than vacations.
Even though 80% of Americans, in an NBC(!) poll want congressional approval before attacking Syria that is not going to happen. The Republicans, even with 80% of the public on their side, are refusing to act with unity and strength. This is the party that says it will take Barack Obama on and defund ObamaCare? If they won’t fight with these poll numbers….
Republicans could even quote Barack Obama on the question of going solo and attacking unilaterally:
It is Barack Obama that has lost legitimacy. The “man” that attacked George W. Bush for acting like a cowboy and not acquiring universal consent before attacking Iraq – even though George W. Bush did go to congress and the United Nations – now intends to attack Syria unilaterally.
The contradictions and hypocrisy are at such a level that the horse had to whinny today. Kerry: The UN can’t do anything, so we’ll go it alone
“Golly, that sounds a lot like … what George W. Bush said in 2002-3, too. And when Bush said it, he put together a coalition comprised of dozens of nations for the invasion of Iraq, including large numbers of British troops and no small amount from other European nations, even with Russia, China, and France balking. Barack Obama can’t even get the British to come along on long-range air strikes, and the only other partner we seem to have now is France. And unlike Barack Obama and Kerry, Bush did go to the UN to at least force a vote on ending Saddam Hussein’s depredations, which included using chemical weapons to massacre his own people.”
We’re still laughing about the Bush-like Obama hunt for WMD. But in-between our guffaws we ponder the ugliness of chemical warfare.
Chemical warfare is not a nice way to die. But then again, what is? The French, ever gallant, invented the Guillotine as a more merciful way to die from state sponsored death. The Guillotine is a long way from disembowelment and that rather painful get-pulled-apart-by-horses execution method. Chemical warfare, used extensively in the most horrific war ever, is generally considered outmoded for two reasons.
The first problem with chemical weapons is the potential for the wind to change and other mishaps. The second problem is that if one side uses this grisly form of violence, it is fairly easy for the other side to reciprocate. Not only is the death particularly horrid, the medical costs are high. A pleasant war can get very gruesome very quickly.
After the unpleasantness of World War I it was generally observed by all sides during the subsequent conflagration to forgo chemical weaponry. But in order to forgo chemical warfare it has to be accepted by all sides that use by one means use by all.
The United States was supposed to get rid of all its chemical warfare weapons by 2012 but, as with ObamaCare, the deadlines have been missed. Why did the United States agree to this disarmament? Apparently we regard any chemical attack as a nuclear attack and will retaliate accordingly.
Less white glove than the good ol’ USA some countries use chemical weapons with regularity. Sometimes, when we have a president that is not 100% boob, we take advantage of the situation. Shocked?
Yes, sometimes we applaud the use of chemical weapons. Sometimes, when we have an American president who cares more about the country than his “brand” or a smart president who has a worldview and sees the bigger picture, a president who puts his duty to country above duty to polish his celebrity credentials, we wind up applauding chemical warfare.
Consider the Iran-Iraq War:
“The Iran–Iraq War began when Iraq invaded Iran via air and land on 22 September 1980. It followed a long history of border disputes, and was motivated by fears that the Iranian Revolution in 1979 would inspire insurgency among Iraq’s long-suppressed Shia majority as well as Iraq’s desire to replace Iran as the dominant Persian Gulf state. [snip]
The conflict has been compared to World War I in terms of the tactics used, including large-scale trench warfare with barbed wire stretched across trenches, manned machine-gun posts, bayonet charges, human wave attacks across a no-man’s land, and extensive use of chemical weapons such as mustard gas by the Iraqi government against Iranian troops, civilians, and Iraqi Kurds. At the time of the conflict, the U.N. Security Council issued statements that “chemical weapons had been used in the war,” and U.S. intelligence officials both knew of Iraqi chemical weapons use and provided Iraq with satellite imagery to guide strikes against Iranian troop concentrations. U.N. statements never clarified that only Iraq was using chemical weapons, and according to retrospective authors “the international community remained silent as Iraq used weapons of mass destruction against Iranian[s] as well as Iraqi Kurds.”
Iran and Iraq had grievances against each other. Both tried to overthrow the other’s government. Both Iran and Iraq were horrid hellholes intent on causing damage to the entire region. There were no good guys in the conflict. American policy was to have both side lose.
That may appear monstrous at first glance. But as with Syria now there were no “good” people to cheer in the conflict. American policy was based on what was in America’s interests.
When Americans elect a president it is so that the president makes the hard decisions. It’s not to make a person a celebrity who cares more about himself than the nation. In the Iran-Iraq War self-interest drove the policy. The president is hired to make the decisions that benefit the country and its interests. Whether it is to drop a nuclear bomb on cities, order carpet bombing, air strikes or whatever, policy should be guided by the nation’s interests not the celebrity status or “comfort zone” of the president.
What was in America’s interests? Both Iran and Iraq were a menace to the region and to American interests and therefore American policy was to get both sides to lose. The United States propped up each regime as it was about to falter. The United States sold weapons to both sides. It was a brutal piece of realpolitik that can be debated but during the 1980s the American president unquestionably was on the side of American interests.
What we have now is a president in crisis because he is not qualified to be president.
Why is Barack Obama in crisis? Obama is in crisis because he was so desperate to win reelection that he boobed it up without a TelePrompTer:
“While Obama has long spoken out against Bashar al-Assad and the use of chemical weapons, it was the president’s apparent off-the-cuff comments one year ago that may now be most responsible for putting the U.S. in a bind.
Obama’s warning in August 2012 that use of a “whole bunch” of chemical weapons would cross a “red line,” triggering “enormous consequences,” went much further than aides had planned, several told the New York Times earlier this year. Some reportedly wished Obama could have taken those words back.
Now, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who has made ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan his signature foreign policy achievement, is at risk of entangling the U.S. in a fresh Middle East conflict.
Perhaps equally troubling to Obama is the prospect of acting without a robust international coalition. He twice campaigned on a vow to restore an American policy of multilateralism and hailed the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya as a new model for coordinated military action. [snip]
Now, the loss of British backing of a strike against Syria is a significant blow to Obama’s vision, setting up two undesirable options: not keeping his word on “enormous consequences” for crossing that “red line,” or going it relatively alone.“
What a boob! It’s the ad-libbed war. And this is the guy that was sold as a brilliant communicator.
Barack Obama is not qualified to be president. We’ve discussed why before. In brief, “Barack Obama is not qualified to be President because he does not have a world-view which is congruent with reality.”
[N.B. For the purposes of our discussion we are generous and arguendo assume that Barack Obama is acting in what he perceives to be the best interests of the United States and is not, as the pattern of his actions logically suggest (witness Obama’s unyielding support for Muslim Bro/thug Morsi contrasted to his knee jerk attack on reliable U.S. clients such as Mubarak and ally Israel. And why oh why is Barack Obama helping the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria take power and helping the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt regain power?), more Muslim Brotherhood than P.O.T.U.S.]
Barack Obama is also weak. The “man” has daddy issues. Sperm donor dad dumped Obama and only tolerated the ten year old’s presence for all of 10 minutes. Mommy meanwhile was a flower spreading her petals anxious to be pollinated repeatedly by third world men. Mommy Obama dumped big eared fat boy Obama on the grandma and grandpa (Obama later denounced his grandma as a “racist” because granny once expressed fear that black men at the bus stop she took to work threatened her) so she could pursue uninterrupted her botanical imitations.
These daddy issues led Barack to become an insecure back-slapping flim-flam man dedicated solely to his advancement. Filled with the complementary narcissism and self-loathing which so often accompany each other, Barack Obama advanced but always with that deep knowledge that he is a piece of sh*t unloved by the sperm donor (we do not refer to Larry Sinclair her but rather to the black economist thrown out of Harvard for donating too much sperm to too many women) and rejected by the flower that put the Pacific Ocean between herself and her spawn.
The talented Mr. Obama has been a very successful flim-flam man. Obama has fooled a lot of the people a lot of the time. But a flim-flam artist has to know his own limitations. It’s one thing to impersonate a surgeon at cocktail parties and an entirely different bloody job if forced into the operation theater. That’s where Barack Obama now finds himself – in crisis.
It’s not the United States that is in crisis. America will survive this buffoon and thrive once Obama and his hoodlums are sent packing. It is Barack Obama that is in crisis.
World leaders have known for a long time that Barack Obama is a hapless boob. Back in early 2009 while Obama vacationed in Europe we wrote:
“The BOob is a pushover – that is the message from Barack Obama’s European vacation. The news from Asia is not much better as North Korea sizes up Obama and sees a dwarf.
World leaders sized up Obama and decided he is a celebrity wannabee. So world leaders gave Obama the soul craving celebrity he wants for himself and then smartly picked the pockets of Uncle Sam while Obama grinned.
This is all in keeping with the Obama history of self-agrandizement and doing nothing, zero, for anyone else. During the European Vacation Obama backslapped as if he was back at Harvard University bamboozling conservatives and liberals in order to advance himself. During the European Vacation Obama grinned and laughed and cameras popped but Americans were about as comforted as Obama’s freezing Chicago constituents. During the European Vacation Obama insulted America in order to make himself more popular.
World leaders took a page from Madame Mao, the “White-boned Demon” and flattered and built up Obama on a pedestal so high Obama became irrelevant.
Social power and popularity can be potent weapons if you are Louis XIV of France, the “Sun King”. But Obama’s yearning for celebrity, social power, and popularity are to fill a void in his fatherless self not to help America nor Americans.
Big Media won’t say Obama was made a fool of and mocked by real world leaders. Big Media prefers to focus on the sleeveless scowler and praise her clumsy protocol pratfalls.
World leaders saw Obama, shuttered their eyelids, smiled, and whispered “Sucker”. “
World leaders kept quiet about their contempt for Barack Obama because it profited them. Now the contempt is open and near universal. The United Kingdom, America’s staunchest ally yesterday slapped Obama so hard the sonic boom crossed the Atlantic to shake the botox on John Kerry’s face.
The 11 year old son of Hafez Assad has even taken to FaceBook to mock Barack. The eleven year old who lives with his daddy, is double daring Barack to do something. ‘We laugh at you Barack’ says the Syrian tyke. The little Syrian boy who lives with his dad is not afraid because Barack has already stated and restated that his actions won’t amount to much other than sending a telegram via Navy ship not Western Union.
American national interests are not served by putting the Muslim Brotherhood in power in Syria and restoring the Muslim Brotherhood to power or even as a legitimate political force in Egypt. American interests are best served by removing the Muslim Brotherhood and like minded organizations from power. American interests are best served by an Egypt that stomps out Muslim extremists and stripping Iran of power and any audacious dream of nuclear weapons.
Syria is a sideshow – chemical weapons or not. Keep eyes and arms focused on Iran. Defend Israel. That’s what Americans should care about.
As to an attack on Syria, that’s incompetent war monger Barack Obama’s ugly baby. It’s another ugly baby, but it is all yours daddy Barack.