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If It Wasn’t Syria, It Would Have Been Something Else

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By Victor Davis Hansen
9-6-13


It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria; if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis—the first time in history that a president has decided to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be contentious.

So the corner that Obama has painted himself into is now inescapable. Defying Congress will put the country into a Watergate/Monicagate mess. Not doing anything will confirm the administration’s impotence and only enhance Russia, Iran, Assad, China, Islamists, and almost anyone else who does not like the U.S. Doing something small, with or without congressional approval, will be looked upon as a cynical waste of human lives to restore Obama’s credibility, the sort of craven, immoral political act that a younger Obama made a career out of mocking. Doing something big will invite public and global outrage if only moderately successful, and doom the Obama presidency if unsuccessful.

How did Obama get himself into this mess? It was bound to happen, given his past habits. All we are seeing now is the melodramatic fulfillment of vero possumus, lowering the rising seas, faux Corinthian columns, hope and change, the bows, the Cairo speech, and the audacity of hope. Hubris does earn Nemesis.

1) His inclination is to damn straw men, blame others for his self-inflicted errors, and spike the ball when he should keep quiet and become modest (cf. the bin Laden raid). So in Syria we heard the same old, same old: A host of bad guys, here and abroad, wants to do nothing.


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If It Wasn't Syria, It Would Have Been Something Else | National Review Online

After 5 years of Obama blaming everyone else but himself for his ineptitudes, It's a wonder that the Progressive Left isn't fed up with his narcissistic petulance in lieu of statesmanship.
 

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Obama will blame any one or thing to cover for his naïve foreign policy ineptitude.
 

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if it wasnt obama it would be someone else
 

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How did Obama get himself into this mess?

First, by opening his mouth when he shouldn't have, then by claiming that he didn't say what he clearly did say and blaming the "red line in the sand" statement on "the world", then by handing the hot potato of what to do about Syria off to Congress, which he should know is more impotent than the sickest 100 year old in the rest home.

That's how he got himself waist deep in the mud.

Now, the 64 dollar question is, what will he do to get himself out?

Bomb Syria and bring on a Constitutional crisis that makes Iran Contra look like a patriotic parade?
Not bomb Syria and look "weak"?
Take sides with the brutal despot?
Take sides with the terrorists?

There really aren't any good options for him now.
 

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if it wasnt obama it would be someone else
But it isn't. He's been elected twice and has not lived up to the promises he made to America, except to Fundamentally Transform America for the worse. Obama has destroyed the economy, employment, and our foreign policy. Now he has shot from the lip. called two Red Lines on Syria and backed off.
 

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But it isn't. He's been elected twice and has not lived up to the promises he made to America, except to Fundamentally Transform America for the worse. Obama has destroyed the economy, employment, and our foreign policy. Now he has shot from the lip. called two Red Lines on Syria and backed off.
l suggest you be happy with him

junior moron was a shame for americans
 

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Subjunctive please. "If it weren't Syria, Wehrwolf would have to start some other idiotic rightwing thread".

Poor teapartiers and their subliteracy.
 

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How did Obama get himself into this mess?

First, by opening his mouth when he shouldn't have, then by claiming that he didn't say what he clearly did say and blaming the "red line in the sand" statement on "the world", then by handing the hot potato of what to do about Syria off to Congress, which he should know is more impotent than the sickest 100 year old in the rest home.

That's how he got himself waist deep in the mud.

Now, the 64 dollar question is, what will he do to get himself out?

Bomb Syria and bring on a Constitutional crisis that makes Iran Contra look like a patriotic parade?
Not bomb Syria and look "weak"?
Take sides with the brutal despot?
Take sides with the terrorists?

There really aren't any good options for him now.
No, the situation is pretty bad, and it wasn't necessary at all. He is not the man for the moment; he's showing it more and more daily, and real consequences are going to ensue.
 

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Subjunctive please. "If it weren't Syria, Wehrwolf would have to start some other idiotic rightwing thread".

Poor teapartiers and their subliteracy.
I suggest you contact Mr. Hansen and discuss his literacy or sub-literacy you claim.
 
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How did Obama get himself into this mess?

First, by opening his mouth when he shouldn't have, then by claiming that he didn't say what he clearly did say and blaming the "red line in the sand" statement on "the world", then by handing the hot potato of what to do about Syria off to Congress, which he should know is more impotent than the sickest 100 year old in the rest home.

That's how he got himself waist deep in the mud.

Now, the 64 dollar question is, what will he do to get himself out?

Bomb Syria and bring on a Constitutional crisis that makes Iran Contra look like a patriotic parade?
Not bomb Syria and look "weak"?
Take sides with the brutal despot?
Take sides with the terrorists?

There really aren't any good options for him now.
Hmm..., shooting from the lip doesn't make Obama a cowboy.
 

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Obama will blame any one or thing to cover for his naïve foreign policy ineptitude.
How can you be so insensitive! It wasn't Obama's red line, it was the world's!
 

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Subjunctive please. "If it weren't Syria, Wehrwolf would have to start some other idiotic rightwing thread".

Poor teapartiers and their subliteracy.
Ummm . . . as Syria is an actual, real, live issue, "wasn't" -- indicative -- is grammatically correct. If Syria were (see what I did there?) hypothetical, then subjunctive -- the irrealis mood -- would be appropriate.

"Subliteracy." Heh.
 
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