Berry: The feckless presidentWritten by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fecklessness is a state of being weak, useless, worthless or irresponsible. President Obama’s speech on Sept. 10 about the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war was little more than pure fecklessness.
He expects us to believe what he says, that intelligence about the Syrian government using chemical weapons is trustworthy. But why should we believe this to be credible after Obama himself disputed the reliability of American intelligence, over Iraq having weapons of mass destruction? Is that bit of history why he refused to include Iraq’s use of poison gas – which he defines as a WMD in this speech – against the Kurds and Iran in his history of chemical weapons? Is that why he failed to mention allegations that the Syrian rebels used the gas?
Obama’s idea of leadership is to let other people better than he try to solve the problems he creates, ignores and/or exacerbates, and then take credit for whatever ideas work. He claimed that Russia offered a solution, under which Syria surrenders its chemical weapons, because of the strength of his position – a position of drawing a “red line” against chemical weapons usage and then denying doing so.
Such is the absurdity that passes for military strategy under Obama. What, exactly, is the “unbelievably small” strike that Secretary of State Kerry promised? Saturation bombing with spitwads from 50,000 feet? A peashooter barrage from international waters? An “unbelievably small strike” is the strong position that has Assad quaking in his boots and Putin rushing to offer solutions?
Moreover, any intervention is not only nonsensical from any perspective of American advantage; it also promises to push the entire region into cataclysm. Iran, which is largely behind the Syrian insurgency, has promised to attack Israel should America strike Syria. But that’s just fine with the anti-Israel, pro-jihad Muslim Brotherhood from which Obama receives much advice.
Besides failing to mention chemical weapons attacks that he couldn’t exploit for political gain – does not his vivid imagery of the suffering victims of poison gas also apply to the Kurds? – his indignation over human rights violations is highly selective. The Syrian rebels he wants to aid are butchering Christians, and his Muslim Brotherhood pals in Egypt are now taxing the Christians who weren’t martyred or driven out of the country, solely because of their faith.
Obama is profoundly lacking in empathy. He expects the nation to use the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which were indisputably carried out by al Qaeda extremists, to objectively discuss – or even blindly accept without discussion – his advocacy of doing what will help Syrian rebels, including al Qaeda extremists. In other words: On the day of national remembrance of our enemy slaughtering 3,000 of us, let’s throw in with this enemy. He evidently thinks Syrian president Assad is a greater threat than al Qaeda terrorists to our national security and world peace.
This continues Obama’s history of refusing to even acknowledge Islamic extremism as a threat to the nation he is sworn to protect. Under his watch, “war on terror” was deemed politically incorrect, and terror attacks became “man-caused disasters” or “workplace violence.” This may be uncomfortable, but a President who refuses to acknowledge an enemy sworn to our destruction and then offers aid to that enemy is a traitor.
In this speech, Obama calls America a “constitutional democracy.” This is absolutely false. We are, or as is increasingly apparent, were, a constitutional republic. Moreover, a democracy is governed by the wishes of a majority of its citizens. This sanitized mob rule is precisely why the nation was established as a representative republic, in which elected legislators represent the interests of the people and the nation – not that this has happened with any degree of efficacy of late.
Be that as it may: If Obama actually believes America to be a democracy, and if he has a shred of honor, he would immediately end all consideration of any intervention in Syria, he would immediately call for Congress to repeal Obamacare in full, and he would then resign. After all, majorities of Americans oppose Syrian intervention and Obamacare and, according to daily Rasmussen polls over most of his presidency, disapprove of his performance. If he believes himself to be leading a democracy, then his accountability to a majority of the people would demand that he not waste our time calling on us to do what we do not want done.
In light of one good line in the speech, in which Obama said of chemical weapons usage, “This is not the world we should accept,” neither is one in which presidents fecklessly play us for fools.
Thomas Berry for the Children of Liberty.
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