This is not something anyone who knows me would think I would feel. I have long been in the camp that thinks Barack Obama made a very good community organizer. He does not make a good president. Although my idea of a good president has, and will continue to be, called in to question, I know what I like – sort of like abstract art – ya know?
And what I don’t like is right in front of me. I personally do not think we should encourage the use of chemical weapons by not getting super pissed that they’ve been used. I am not at all sure that we should start something we’re not ready to finish in order to prove that we are humane people.
By now, the waffling and waffling around about when, if and how we’re going to “strike” has become nonsensical. If we were going to do it, the time has long since passed. We could store up our ire for the Assad regime and just plan on hitting him sometime around Christmas or thereafter. Or not or maybe or we might or might not. I think it’s obvious that our president does not want to be blamed for doing this if it all turns pear-shaped. And I am fearful that it will. Aggression begets aggression on and on and on. And are we ready to go to war to save Israel or our bases in the Middle East from constant attack? What about those Hezbollah dudes that have probably infiltrated the US – are we ready for more backpack bombs to go off in our cities? Not that I think we should live in fear – but I think we should seriously think about the Pandora’s Box we may be opening.
And we have to work with what we’ve got. And what we’ve got is a weak president who invites scorn (because that’s what he dishes out) from 1/2 his country’s population. Granted, he won the election. Somebody just forgot to tell him that after winning, you need to lead. You need not to stand in Sweden and tell the world you didn’t say what you said and how we’ve all misread that statement. It wasn’t a stupid statement – it was a good statement – but the reason your red line was ignored is BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE IT EASY TO IGNORE YOU. No one would have pulled that chemical weapon’s crap on Ronald Reagan or George Bush – and let me say here to the people who think our country doesn’t want war because George Bush got us into Iraq – listen to this – GWB isn’t president. The conflict in Syria didn’t come about because of his foreign policy. So we can forget about Bush in this context. All I’m saying is if Ronald Reagan had said don’t use chemical weapons and you used them your clothes would be out of style by the time you woke up – if you woke up. And he wouldn’t have asked ANYBODY for permission – being president of the United States was permission enough for him.
All I can say is that I hope this next 3 years goes fast. We have major problems with the Middle East and it’s not going to get easier. And we do have serious interests there. My parents tried to get me to believe that GHWB was only interested in oil and that’s why he got us into the first Gulf War. The word Republican was only ever spoken in their home with the word damn in front of it. Hello? You mean you don’t use oil? Okay. Well I use oil – I have to heat my home with it as do many others in the Northeast. And if it goes to $5 a gallon I’m royally screwed. But we need Mean. Mean with a capital M. All the way Mean. Because this mess in Syria is going to involve all of us.
So I feel sorry for Obama. First, because I’m awfully sure he doesn’t have the least little clue as to why this isn’t working for him and really the job is just too big for the man. Secondly, because he irritated the very people he’s looking to for help now and couldn’t think ahead to the fact that he would need them. And because he doesn’t understand that what he SAYS as president is what AMERICA says. And so if he’s not going to stick to his guns – don’t get them out. Leave them behind and hope for the best – if you can stand to watch that video of twitching children, that is.