LOS ANGELES, September 4, 2013 — Secretary of State John Kerry testified on Capitol Hill yesterday and made the astonishing claim that dropping bombs on Syria does not amount to an act of war.
In several hours of testimony, Kerry showed that the Obama Administration telling the truth and communicating honestly with the American people is about as likely as Bashar al-Assad sending Rosh Hashanah cards to Israel.
Kerry insisted that “limited action” against Syria is not the same as going to war. The man who voted for the Iraq War before voting against it is now in favor of going to war in Syria, provided that we call this stinking pile of offal a rose.
Since “workplace violence” and “overseas contingency operations” were already taken, “limited action” is the new non-war slogan from an administration willing to take any action short of engaging in honest dialogue.
Even Nancy Pelosi’s five-year-old grandson understands this stuff. Taking military action against Syria is war. Bombing another country is almost by definition an act of war. War can be justified, but the liberals running the Obama Administration need to stop treating Americans like imbeciles.
The American people are losing trust in Obama, and are clamoring for honesty in government. Obama needs to make the case for war and then either go to war or not go to war.
To expect honesty from the Obama Administration now would require a case of profound, 5-year amnesia. Every aspect of the leadup to a possible war in Syria has been confounding and duplicitous. Even the call for a congressional vote comes with hidden motives.
Obama is not asking for a congressional vote because he cherishes the rule of law or the Constitutional separation of powers. He frequently circumvents Congress and says that “When Congress won’t act, I will.” He needs a vote because he has fouled up the Syria situation so badly that he needs others to blame if the situation gets worse.
How can a man who can’t even implement a healthcare plan properly lead a war? Obama’s military and foreign policy genius are limited to getting Americans killed due to his blundering. Now he wants Republicans to save him from himself. Obama is becoming his own constituency; he wants a federal bailout.
A vote for military action against Syria is a vote to go to war.
It is time for Obama to stop voting “present.” The 3 a.m. phonecall from the 2008 campaign is here, and Bashar Assad is running wild. Big boy leadership requires that leaders make actual decisions and then live with the consequences. If Obama succeeds, he gets the credit. If he fails, he gets the blame. Everybody knows that if Congress says no, he will just do what he wants anyway. Senator Rand Paul pointed that out to Kerry, who refused to deny it.
The left derisively called Iraq “Bush’s war.” They were right. He made the case for it, he sent the troops, he took the responsibility, and he gets the credit for our success there. Syria is Obama’s mess. He broke it through dithering, and now he needs to figure out how to fix it.
Every potential presidential candidate for 2016 needs to go on the record right now and state what he or she would do in Obama’s situation. This will prevent a repeat of the 2004 weasels who supported the Iraq War when it was popular and then opposed it because they feared Moveon.org and Code Pink more than Saddam Hussein. In 2004 it was John Kerry, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton who tried to lose Iraq to win an election.
Now Kerry tells us there will not be boots on the ground, unless there need to be. He tells us Obama wants a congressional vote, but may act without Congressional approval anyway. We will wage a more sensitive war, the same kind Vice President Dick Cheney rightfully sneered at when Kerry proposed it in 2004.
We don’t need global tests, sensitive wars, or limited action. We need responsible leaders who will either wage war to win, or stay out of the way. Objectives should be clearly defined and explained.
Most importantly, we need honest leaders.
Based on the words, actions, and inactions of Obama and Kerry, those Rosh Hashanah cards from Assad should be arriving any moment now.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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