Obama’s argument is the Rwanda one: Who punishes and prevents crimes against humanity? But he knows his legacy demands it be the US, not him, that acts.
No matter what he does, it will be second-guessed. By doing it this way, he takes some of the second-guessing off of his shoulders, at the least.
The American people are tired of war. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility.Secretary of State John Kerry • Making a case for some sort of military action in Syria. With 1,429 people (including at least 426 children) reportedly killed in last week’s chemical attacks according to the U.S. government, President Obama laid out the possibility of a “limited, narrow act” to help in the region. Around 80 percent of Americans believe Obama needs Congressional approval before taking such an action.
But what I will always remember is as I was leaving that party in 2003, I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect.
What a country.
Raise your hand if you want to know who the author is.
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.Edward Snowden, calling out the Obama administration for trying to block his asylum. Oh, and he made his statement through Wikileaks.