Saturday, August 31, 2013

Obama's Three Days: From MLK to War

President Obama's nightmare for the world continues, as the U.S. prepares to attack Syria, possibly over the Labor Day weekend.  The Obama team is calling an attack the responsibility of the international community with widespread support.

International support for an attack is down to the U.S. White House and the French Prime Minister.  Neither the U.S. Congress nor the French Parliament have voted to support an attack.  The UN hasn't taken up the issue and the Arab League will meet Sunday.  Britain's House of Commons voted against an attack, preventing Prime Minister David Cameron's hands from acquiring more blood.

Three days ago President Obama spoke from the Lincoln Memorial, the site of Reverend Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

The White House has indicated it does not believe it needs the backing of Congress, nor the support of traditional allies, before taking action against Assad.

Obama 's unilateral global parent-policeman is a feature of the Unitary Executive, something candidate Obama ran against.  Secretary of State John Kerry and Pentagon Chief Chuck Hagel gave the world wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as U.S. Senators. 

Kerry wrote of his 2002 vote for the Iraq war resolution, “There’s nothing -- nothing -- in my life in public service I regret more, nothing even close.”
In November 2005, Hagel defended his criticism of the Iraq war, stating "To question your government is not unpatriotic — to not question your government is unpatriotic."
The United Nations team investigating the chemical attacks won't have a report for two weeks.  President Obama won't wait for the report or any legitimate international body to support his violence.

Jimmy Carter urged the White House to seek UN backing. “A punitive military response without a UN mandate or broad support from NATO and the Arab League would be illegal under international law and unlikely to alter the course of the war,” he said.
President Obama, global parent, believes whatever the Unitary Executive does is legal.  That's the kind of organizational hubris and arrogance that makes others second class citizens.

Reverend Martin Luther King said "violence of war is so self defeating."  The British public felt it and responded.  Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama left the site of King's spiritual vision, intent on adding to darkness and hate.

Update:  After Obama called for "limited, narrow" strikes the WSJ reported contingency plans are under way for the collapse of the Syrian regime. "Planning Under Way for Possible Syrian Collapse: U.S., Allies and Syrian Opposition Discuss Plans at Meeting in Istanbul."  Does that mean the U.S. is targeting Syrian President Assad?  If he's killed by a drone attack does that make it a double international crime?

Update 2:  President Obama will deliver a statement on Syria from the Rose Garden at 1:15 Eastern. It's now 1:45 Eastern and Obama is yet to speak.