With all the news that has assaulted us in the last ten days, I’ve made at least eight different attempts at putting up a post. But the sensory overload of all the noise in the news left each of those pieces unfinished as something new always seemed to distract me. I have no doubt I will get back to them at some point in the near future.
The inspiration for this post is the furor raging over the President’s lack of decision over the atrocities the Assad regime is perpetrating in Syria – and a commercial that sums up the administration’s paralysis. Specifically, it was an IHOP commercial which promoted their new line of waffles. I can’t think of no better analogy for how the President has mishandled this entire affair.
Let’s be honest and admit that the situation in the Middle East is profoundly complicated and has been for thousands of years. Not only are there ethnic issues but conjoined with those are religious ones as well. That’s a combination that allows for an environment of conflagration and that is exactly what has unfolded for centuries.
I question whether the most seasoned and informed diplomats would be able to find a workable solution that would lead to a peaceful solution. Many have certainly tried.
Let’s further agree that Assad is a ruthless and heartless ruler. The testimony to that statement is that he has killed one hundred thousand of his people in the past two and one half years. The recent alleged murder of an additional fifteen hundred or so people including hundreds of children seems to pale in comparison to his former activities, notwithstanding the use of chemical agents, presumably sarin gas, to dispatch those to their deaths.
It is hard for me to understand the genesis for the President’s outrage against the use of chemical weapons. They are horrible and they have been banned and condemned by the international community for eighty years. The Geneva Convention strictly prohibits their use. Of course, the Geneva Convention also outlaws the killing of civilians and Assad and his opponents have disregarded that at least 100,000 times in two and one half years – most of which occurred under the watch of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – now la dauphine assumptive of the Democratic Party as a presidential candidate in 2016.
Where is the outrage which came from this administration over the machete and gun murders that have killed an estimated 500,000 Congolese in yet another ongoing and seemingly never-ending civil war? And how can we believe in the sincerity of an administration which has repeatedly denied the growing body of irrefutable evidence in scandal after scandal?
For rational people, war should be the absolute last step a nation should take – and then only after every other option has been considered and abandoned. It should be undertaken only after a thorough evaluation of all the best evidence and weighing the different possible scenarios and their potential outcomes. It should be considered by a thoughtful and moral President in consultation with other thoughtful and moral advisors. Sadly, we do not have such a person in the White House and those advisors with whom he has surrounded himself are, in many cases, equally suspect.
Speaking of waffling, I find myself in the unusual position of flipping between the view that President Obama has an agenda to destroy America and the other that he is merely the most incompetent fool whom we have ever elected. Frankly, there is a lot of evidence to support either viewpoint. The one perception which is missing is that he has the nation’s best interests at heart and has merely made a few very substantial missteps despite his best intentions. I see no evidence for that third scenario.
Perhaps it is the time in which we live which swept this very small man into office, replete with his tool bag of deception, deceit, no moral standards and nothing to commend him other than an appeal to the lowest, most carnal desires of a fawning plebiscite. There are many in that electorate who will mindlessly defend their standard bearer, the facts not withstanding, because he serves and feeds their immediate lusts. He is, truly, their man – and they are his.
For those of us who think outside the box and, despite the common fanfare broadcast by most of our nation’s media, come to rational conclusions, perhaps the greatest legacy of this president will be that he might have brought us to that cathartic moment when all around us is crumbling and it will awaken enough of us who believe in the vision and promise of the old America to take action to restore the nation and purge the sycophants who are leeching our society of its greatness.
Based on President Obama’s IHOP waffle “strategy,” it concerns me that we have placed in charge a man who, through executive order, would be able to order martial law should a true (or manufactured) national emergency exist. And with an administration that has consistently sought to curtail civil liberties in its intrusion into our privacy and rights to defend ourselves in weapon ownership, one can’t help wonder whether this entire Syrian operation is merely a trial balloon to see how we would react should such an event occur. Or, even more frighteningly, should the proposed minimal strike against Syria proceed, might this not provoke some response either here in America or against our allies in Jordan, Europe or Israel?
For nearly five years, we in America have had first hand evidence of an administration, headed by a puerile man, see how far and how fast he could bring down a once great and moral nation. Now the world has a first hand opportunity to witness what we have had to live through.
That is perhaps the greatest transparency this administration has demonstrated during its term in office – and it has not made this revelation of its own volition.