I am literally laughing out loud at all of the hypocrisy in this speech. It is utterly ridiculous to hear a President bloviate about standing idle in the face of dead children when missile strikes that he approved have murdered children in no less terrible ways. I am tired of this absolutely ridiculous rhetorical prestidigitation regarding the use of chemical weapons. NEWS FLASH: PARENTS DON’T CARE HOW YOU KILL THEIR CHILDREN. BUT THEY DO CARE IF THEIR CHILDREN DIED BY YOUR HAND.
Thank goodness Obama so graciously “let” Congress vote on this, despite thinking he has the power to intervene without their approval. And giving the U.N. security council the finger was a nice touch. Who cares about the U.N.? Who needs international law, which is responsible for things like, oh say, the Geneva Conventions. Fuck it. America is above the law.
Get in touch with your Congressman NOW. Tell them you do not want this unnecessary war. Tell them that this “humanitarian” intervention will do more harm than it causes. Tell them that America’s track record in the middle east is terrible. Tell them that you are sick and tired of watching America dropping bombs in the middle east while the American poor rot in public housing and prison cells. If your Congressman is a Republican, tell them that by attempting to topple Assad, we are giving direct military aid to Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria. Tell them that a vote for Syria is a vote for giving material aid and comfort to the “terrorists” they’ve spent so much time complaining about over the past ten years, and using as a boogie man to deprive us of yet more civil liberties.
If you need source material for any of this, please flip through my Syria tag. You’ll find plenty of articles dealing with the reasons why Syrian intervention is a terrible idea. Let’s get out ahead of this thing and see if we can convince enough politicians to vote against it before the jingoist patriotic war fervor crawls up their spine.
What’s worse: Assad in power, or the destruction needed to take Assad out? Boiled down from the many complicated issues being raised, that’s the real question. LTMC clearly sides with the latter. Obama (and possibly Congress) side with the former.