Obama’s new Syrian phase kicks off as NFL season opens

Barack Obama started a three day assault on the American people Sunday as he seeks support for an attack in Syria. Photo: Going it alone against Syria (plus.google.com)

CHARLOTTESeptember 8, 2013 – Barack Obama moved into a new phase on his Syrian policy Sunday as the administration commenced a three day plea to the American people.

It began with Obama’s surrogates making the case on the Sunday talking heads programs. Those will be followed by at least six face-to-face interviews with the president Monday at various media outlets before Obama addresses the nation Tuesday night.

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The question lingers, however, whether the president truly wants approval for military action in Syria. His images and words say “yes,” but his heart and soul may be in a different place.

Some claim Obama will lose credibility if the congressional vote that will eventually follow his media campaign goes against him. Losing would be unprecedented in U.S. history. On the other hand, does that really matter if it buys Obama a way out of his self-created mess?

Secretary of State John Kerry insists Obama already has the authority to act, even if congress votes “no.” But that may be window dressing. Besides, it is an old debate that has been argued time and again on the Syrian situation. What is more relevant is that if Obama does have the authority to bypass congress, which he has done before on many occasions regarding domestic issues, then why did he bother with congressional hearings in the first place?

Given the president’s propensity to be “the little boy who cried wolf” so many times in the past, it seems that a speech to the nation will do little to alter public opinion for approval.

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If Obama is voted down, he can claim that he tried his best and must now accept the will of congress and his fellow Americans. Disingenuous as that announcement would be, it appears to be the result the president sincerely wants, though his actions say otherwise.

All of this takes place as the NFL kicks of a new season with hungry fans salivating for the controlled violence of the gridiron. That may be as far as most Americans dare to go in venting their frustrations, however.

Pro football came into its own during the 1960s when much of its popularity was the result of letting off steam on Sundays after listening to a week of news about assassinations, civil rights, Vietnam and drugs.

Though a knee-jerk response in Syria would have been the wrong way to approach Obama’s ‘red line”, which is the root cause of his dilemma even if Syria’s civil war is not, the delay in reacting has diluted the impetus for an attack.

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The time lapse has given rise to other questions, which are sidebar issues but they were inevitable. Questions like “Where are the liberal Hollywood peaceniks who chastised George Bush for invading Iraq but have said nothing about Obama’s proposed strike in Syria.”

Outspoken ultra-liberal Ed Asner demonstrated how mindless and irrelevant a Hollywood response would be in an interview with Paul Bond of the Hollywood Reporter when he said, “A lot of people don’t want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama.”

In other words, by definition, being opposed to George Bush was anti-white. Talk about racism, Asner’s comment was about as racist as you can get. What Asner is referring to is not racism, but political correctness.

The 83-year old actor went of to say that Hollywood had more time to respond to Bush because he longer to make up his mind than Obama. Adds Asner, “(The strike) will be a done deal before Hollywood is mobilized.”

Is Asner referring to the Tweeting social media world we live in today where everything is instantaneous? That world, Ed? Simon and Garfunkel had a song title that best represents Hollywood’s reaction called The Sound of Silence. A silence that is deafening. Thankfully so.

Another aspect, which goes largely unreported by the mainstream press, is the hypocrisy of the Obama administration regarding human rights. Writes Raymond Ibrahim in his blog, “The same Secretary of State John Kerry who is now calling for war in Syria is the same secretary of state who warned the Nigerian government against infringing on the ‘human rights’ of Boko Haram, the head of the Islamist snake in Nigeria, which has been responsible for the slaughter of thousands of Christians and destruction of hundred of churches in Nigeria.”

True, the U.S. cannot police the world, but Boko Haram has been every bit as violent in Nigeria as Assad has in Syria. The difference is two stupid ill-timed words, “red line.”

And so a new phase begins. Barack Obama will take his case to the American people. More “hope” and “change.” The question is does he really “hope” public opinion will “change”….or not.

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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