WMD in the United States: Weapons of Mis-Definition

Words used to mean something but in today's politics they don't exactly mean what we think they do. Photo: Kerry and Obama discuss strategy (bibliotecapleyades.net)

CHARLOTTESeptember 4, 2013 – The media continues to focus on the idea that the Obama administration is fighting to make the case for military authority in Syria.

What is their basis for thinking Barack Obama wants Congress to take a vote that “appears” to be in his favor? There has been much debate about the president’s desire for a “yes” but is that reality or just another political tactic?

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In the four plus years of Barack Obama’s tenure words have been distorted beyond recognition as a political strategy? Neil Cavuto is on of the few commentators to suggest that the congressional hearings in Washington might be nothing more than a show.

Rand Paul inferred similar thoughts Tuesday saying the hearings could be “constitutional theater for the president.”

Words are being added to the national vocabulary that now have far different connotations than they once had.

Red Line: Barack Obama established a “red line” in an off the cuff remark a year ago when he said chemical weapons would change his calculus about Syria. Media has heatedly debated that statement ever since. Now, the president announced in Sweden that the world drew the “red line” years ago. According to Obama he was just reiterating that fact. Yet, we should honestly believe he wants the go-ahead from congress to launch missiles into Syria.

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Imminent: In Obamaworld “imminent” either means “delay” or “how quickly can I get to the golf course.” Some 1,500 innocent victims were gassed by the Assad regime in mid-August. An American response, according to John Kerry, was “imminent.” As we now know “imminent” is not here yet. We must wait for congress to return from vacation, debate the issue and then vote. In Washington “imminent” means within a month or two, give or take, maybe.

Moral Obligation: We hear much about human rights violations in Syria. What about the 100,000 people who died in two years of fighting before Assad used WMD. Note to Mssrs. Obama and Kerry, dead is dead. We did nothing about it then when we could have and should have.

Kerry speaks eloquently about shrouded bodies of women and children. Perhaps he should look at pictures from Nigeria showing bodies with intestines lying beside them. Or a five year old girl with her severed head three feet from her torso. Or empty skulls where faces used to be.

Those are the facts in Mali and Nigeria. We don’t know about them because the pictures are so devastating no one would dare show them. We do not know about them because Kerry and the media do not talk about them. Perhaps people in Mali and Nigeria don’t qualify as humans, therefore they have no rights.

Since such things not reported, then they must not be “imminent.”

Degrade Syria’s WMD: Syria has been told just about everything they need to know about any attack. Birthday parties give less notice. What exactly does “degrade” mean? It sounds good on television, but what is the real context?

Former CIA operative, Wayne Simmons, suggests, “We should take out Al Qaeda in Syria.” Good idea, but Barack Obama told us during the election campaign Al Qaeda is already dead.

Other sources report Al Qaeda is not really a threat because they are in the north. These same “experts” claim it is misinformation that the rebels have been infiltrated by extremists. Maybe so, but what if the rebels eventually prevail against Assad? Does that mean Al Qaeda will not move in from the north to take over?

Have we forgotten about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? We were told by the “experts” that the Brotherhood had moderated. Tell that to the Coptic Christians who are watching their churches burn and who are dying in the streets of Cairo. Maybe they aren’t human either because no WMD were used. By definition, that’s not the same “moral obligation” we have in Syria.

It is a good show that all boils down to covering Barack Obama’s butt. If congress votes “no” to make Syria pay for their atrocities, Obama not only backs out of his box, he has also successfully taken several scandals off the front page.

On the other hand, if congress votes “yes” then the president can blame them. Other than speaking, blame is what the president does best.

Let’s stop playing the game of “what if.” Let’s stop changing the meanings of words to be something they are not. Let’s stop the congressional charade that is costing millions of dollars to re-build lost credibility for a president with “ready-fire-aim” rhetoric and no backbone to follow up.

As congressional hearings continue, the real news of the day is that John McCain is now uo to level 14 of his video game. That is how “imminent” this crisis is.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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