Obama Goes To Congress

Breaking Stupid

“President Barack Obama has no foreign policy or military strategy on Syria. So he has reverted to a successful domestic policy strategy: blame Congress. His last-minute decision to seek Congressional approval is a win-win politically: if the vote fails, he has an excuse for inaction on his ‘red line,’ and if the vote passes he will merely share the blame for whatever goes wrong in the attack.” — Joel B. Pollock/Breitbart

“Sitting around, smoking marijuana, eating Cheetos and masturbating do not constitute ‘plans.’ ” – Walter White/Breaking Bad

Going to Congress for authorization to use military force is the right thing for any president to do.  Under our Constitution, it’s the only thing for him to do.  Which is why it’s so surprising that the imperious Obama has suddenly decided to do it.  Of course, nothing is ever as it seems with this guy.  His request for approval to use ‘limited force’ against the Assad regime is actually more of a blank check than was LBJ’s infamous ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ resolution, the ’60s warrant that cost us 58,000 dead in Vietnam.  And the Congress, apparently, is balking:

“The president’s request is open-ended,” said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “That has to be rectified, and they simply said in answer to that that they would work with the Congress and try to come back with a more prescribed resolution. But I’m not too sure that the people who answered that are the people that have that decision to make.”

Why not balk? Since FDR, Democrats like Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton have proved over and over again their incompetence in the use of military force:

Democrats prefer and advocate for U.S. intervention, including messy, bloody, military intervention, in places where there is little or, preferably, no US national interest at stake, e.g., Vietnam, Libya, ex-Yugoslavia. Find a place where there are US interests at risk–e.g., Panama, Central America, Iran, Cuba–they go into pacifist-anti-imperialist-defender-of-the-peoples-of-the-Third-World mode. Also curiously, as we saw most spectacularly in Vietnam, once the US does go in, they quickly begin to doubt the wisdom of the move, and even turn against the US intervention. They know that once we do intervene, even if it was in a place of no or limited importance before, the act of intervening creates US national interests, e.g., the need to show that the US cannot be defeated, that we mean what we say, etc. Once such interests are created, the liberals, “summer soldiers” if there ever were, become very critical of the intervention, and actively work to sabotage the US effort. (The DiploMad 2.0)

Remember, the experts predicted the War that began in April of 1861 would be over by summer. Starting trouble is easy; getting out of it not so much.

PTG

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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14 Responses to Obama Goes To Congress

  1. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    Obama Goes To Congress

  2. Leading from behind has turned out to be harder than Barry thought.

  3. TomR,armed in Texas says:

    Like Congress is some kind of realistic think tank. I guess it doesn’t really matter. The main point is obama has screwed up and is now trying to dump on Congress. I don’t care who gets f–ked in DC. Just as long as we don’t get involved in Syria.

    • Bob Mack says:

      I agree. If Hanoi Johnny thinks it’s a good idea, it can’t be.

      • Bob Mack says:

        Pentagon pushback: Joint Chiefs said to oppose Obama’s Syria strike order (World Tribune)

        President Barack Obama has encountered vigorous resistance from the military to his plans to attack Syria. Administration sources said the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as many in the U.S. military command have opposed Obama’s directive to prepare for imminent air strikes on the regime of President Bashar Assad.

        …The sources said the biggest opponent of a military campaign against Syria has been the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey. They said Dempsey, who sought to maintain a low profile, has warned that the U.S. military was not ready for any sustained conflict against Syria that could involve two of its leading allies, Iran and Russia.

        “Dempsey has been unusually blunt in his remarks with both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden,” the source said. “His assessment is that any U.S. war against Assad will automatically involve his foreign allies, and that means Teheran and to a smaller extent, Moscow.”

        Iran is said to have deployed up to 50,000 proxy forces in Syria, the sources said. They also cited a Russian Navy task force that was larger than that of the U.S. European Command in the eastern Mediterranean.

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  6. Mustang says:

    I don’t have access to classified information, of course, but so far today, I’ve determined that Commie John has contradicted either himself or others with knowledge on three separate occasions. Now, since we already know that Commie John is a damn liar, why are we paying any attention to anything he is saying about Syria?

    • Bob Mack says:

      I believe his botox treatments have further degraded his brain (if further degradation is even possible, that is…).

    • marine4evrrr says:

      Because “John Commie” Kerry, a well (dishonestly) decorated Viet Nam War non-hero who threw his medals over the White House fence (we won’t say anything about him sneaking back that night and trampling down the shrubbery trying to find them all again,) says so. And that’s RIGHT!

      Not that “John Commie” is RIGHT… he’s LEFT. The other stuff is RIGHT!

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