Saturday, August 31, 2013

One "Tough" Hombre

Trey Smith

A foolish President Obama and moronic Secretary of State Kerry have handed the United States government its worst diplomatic defeat in history and destroyed the credibility of the Office of the President, the Department of State, and the entire executive branch. All are exposed as a collection of third-rate liars.

Intoxicated with hubris from past successful lies and deceptions used to destroy Iraq and Libya, Obama thought the US “superpower,” the “exceptional” and “indispensable” country, could pull it off again, this time in Syria.

But the rest of the world has learned to avoid Washington’s rush to war when there is no evidence. A foolish Obama was pushed far out on the limb by an incompetent and untrustworthy National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, and the pack of neoconservatives that support her, and the British Parliament cut the limb off.

What kind of fool would put himself in that vulnerable position?

Now Obama stands alone, isolated, trying to back away from his threat to attack without authorization from anyone – not from the UN, not from NATO, not from Congress who he ignored – a sovereign country. Under the Nuremberg Standard military aggression is a war crime. Washington has until now got away with its war crimes by cloaking them in UN or NATO approval. Despite these “approvals,” they remain war crimes.

But his National Security Advisor and the neocon warmongers are telling him that he must prove that he is a Real Man who can stand alone and commit war crimes all by himself without orchestrated cover from the UN or NATO or a cowardly US Congress. It is up to Obama, they insist, to establish for all time that the President of the United States is above all law. He, and he alone is the “decider,” the Caesar, who determines what is permissible. The Caesar of the “sole superpower” must now assert his authority over all law or Washington’s hegemony over the world is lost.
~ from America Totally Discredited by Paul Craig Roberts ~
For all the times in recent memory when Barack Obama has bragged that the US is different from other nations because we believe in the rule of law, how ironic will it be that he decides that we shall violate international law YET AGAIN by attacking Syria? He is acting like a bully who beats on a misbehaving smaller child just because he can. That saddest part is that no one can seem to stop him.

As a pacifistic, I have been against every military action my country has committed during my lifetime. More often than not, I have been in the small minority of my countrymen since far too many accept the morally dubious concept of American Exceptionalism. The blood of innocents has stained my hands against my will.

In the current case, however, the vast majority of Americans (as well as most of the rest of the world) are not in favor of punitive strikes by the US against Syria, but our loud opinion doesn't seem to factor into anything.  It is looking more and more like all of us will have innocent blood on our hands reluctantly. 

Even IF we Americans got together to decide to punish Obama for forcing this nation to commit a glaring war crime -- something that would never happen -- how do lowly citizens punish a lame duck President?

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