Here we go again, Truthseekers. President Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry have painted themselves into a corner and now we are poised to attack yet another Mideast nation.
The hypocrisy of US outrage over the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s Assad regime aside, our leaders in Washington persist in their purported moral authority to strike a nation which has not taken any provocative action against us. And this time, they’re not even bothering with the UN Security Council.
John Kerry will be spared his Colin Powell moment, and overwrought descriptions of aluminum tubes, mushroom clouds, and vials of pretend anthrax. But our battered global reputation will not be spared from further recrimination over our coming military action.
The Washington Post has more:
The Obama administration appeared Wednesday to be forging ahead with preparations to attack Syria. It dismissed a Syrian request to extend chemical weapons inspections there as a delaying tactic and said it saw little point in further discussion of the issue at the United Nations.
President Obama said that “there need to be international consequences” for the Aug. 21 chemical strikes he said he has concluded were carried out by the Syrian government.
“I have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in Syria,” Obama said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour, stressing that he has not decided to order a military attack.
“But we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on chemical weapons they are held accountable,” he said.
A closed-door meeting of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, called to consider a British-drafted resolution authorizing the use of force to prevent any further use of chemical weapons in Syria, adjourned without action after Russia and China opposed the measure.
In response, U.S. officials made clear they considered such initiatives irrelevant to Obama’s decision on military action. Although officials gave no indication of when a U.S. attack might occur, they said they expect U.N. inspectors to leave Syria on Saturday.
Isn’t the Bush Doctrine grand? The precedent is set for preemptive strike, anytime, anywhere, without oversight by Congress, the UN, or any other international body.
Mel Brooks once said “it’s good to be the king.” Perhaps. But is it good to live in this kingdom?
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