Obama Invites Congress To Hold Hands and Jump

Nobody wants this to happen, but it probably will.

The entire policy of the Obama Administration toward the Syria mess is if we wait and keep looking the other way, somebody else will fix this problem.

Nobody has.

This is not simply Obama’s fault, but repeatedly drawing lines and daring Assad to step over them and doing nothing when he does has only emboldened him to unleash chemical weapons against his own citizens.

There is no taste for the United States to get into yet another war in the Middle East. Been there, done that and got the flag-draped coffins and maimed soldiers to prove it.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad‘s decision to use chemical weapons on over a thousand of his citizens finally has forced Obama to move from talking tough to threatening to launch missile strikes against the dictator.

The United Nations, Congress, no public outcry for intervention and other factors have served to make the president’s response confusing, vacillating, ineffective and at times enabling Assad to commit steadily escalating atrocities (though the rebels have been accused of their share of war crimes as well). But the buck still stops at the desk of the man in the Oval Office and now that Assad has made it apparent he is not only willing to step over Obama’s “lines”, he will do so with arrogant impunity, it is up to the president to deliver a clear, strong and unambiguous response.

The President is doing the politically smart move, and that’s inviting Congress to climb in the barrel and go over the edge with him. There hasn’t been a Congressional declaration of war since WWII. They’ll authorize retaliatory strikes or “military action” but presidents have had a lot of leeway to pretty much go ahead and drop bombs on anyone that pisses them off.

Obama’s Saddam?

Congress doesn’t return from vacation until September 9 and a lot can change between now and then. I don’t think Obama really wants to intercede in the Syrian civil war, but the chemical attacks on his own people by Assad puts him in the same category as Saddam Hussein gassing the Kurds. For the U.S. to sit back and do nothing will only show Assad he can do anything he wants to cling to power and he will act accordingly.

Whatever move Obama makes he’s going to get blasted for. The U.S. public doesn’t want us messing around in yet another Middle East shithole, but the warhawks like John McCain are going to keep going on Meet the Press and calling Obama a punk for talking tough and doing nothing. IF Obama chooses to sit this out without even making a token gesture of disapproval, that only emboldens Syria and shows Russia and China, two of Assad’s allies that the U.S. won’t walk it like they talk it.

Whatever the outcome, if you drive a car, you might not want to wait before filing up. Prices are gonna be going up, up , UP.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, probably the most liberal member of the upper chamber recognized the gravity of the situation the President is presenting to Congress. “The use of chemical weapons by the Assad dictatorship is inhumane and a violation of international law. However, at this point in time, I need to hear more from the president as to why he believes it is in the best interests of the United States to intervene in Syria’s bloody and complicated civil war. I look forward to the Senate debate that will be taking place in the very near future.”

It’s a smart play. Get Congress on the record for bombing Syria (there will be no ground troops–bet on that) or if these towers of jell-o, hem and haw and dither and dick around, Obama can still say, “Hey, I consulted Congress. Not my fault if they can’t come to a decision.”

More importantly, it buys TIME and time works in the favor of the president in this case. With the exception of McCain and a few other bloodthirsty war-mongers, there’s no taste for repeating in Syria the mistakes the Bush Administration made in Iraq. The U.S. needs to stay out of the world cop beat, but Assad killing a thousand of his own people with chemical weapons and getting away with mass murder is only inviting future atrocities.

Doing something may not deter Assad from further atrocities.   Doing nothing guarantees there will be more of them.   But whatever decision is made, we’ve all had enough of allowing Grandpa McCain’s tantrums to set this country’s foreign policy.

Obama could go it alone, but he wants Congress to co-sign.

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The Return of Backstabbing Bill

You’ll never need an enemy when  Bill Clinton is your friend.

Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only member in her family whose reputation received a boost by agreeing to be the Secretary of State for the man who beat her, Barack Obama.   Bill Clinton fell out of favor with a lot of core Democratic voters for his shabby, and occasionally race-baiting attacks against Obama during the hotly contested 2008 election.

Obama and his Democratic predecessor were not close in the aftermath, but in the 2012 campaign, one president reached out to the other and Bill Clinton became one of Obama’s most effective supporters and delivered a stirring speech at last year’s convention that easily surpassed Obama’s own address.

If the two men aren’t exactly friends, they learned they needed each other and both benefited from striking a truce and setting aside their differences.

Here’s one way to know the election is over and the next one is already well under way.   Bill Clinton is through making nice with Barack Obama and he’s back to showing him up and cutting him down.

In remarks at the McCain Institute (that’s John McCain, the guy Obama beat in 2008) that weren’t open to the press, but Politico and The Daily Beast  got the juicy parts anyway  of,the 42nd President of the United States  ripping  the 44th  for failing to act in Syria.

    —”You just think how lame you’d be… suppose I had let a million people, two million people be refugees out of Kosovo, a couple hundred thousand people die, and they say, ‘You could have stopped this by dropping a few bombs. Why didn’t you do it?’ And I say, ‘because the House of Representatives voted 75% against it?’” Clinton said. “You look like a total wuss, and you would be.” (via DB)

    —”If you refuse to act and you cause a calamity, the one thing you cannot say when all the eggs have been broken is, ‘Oh my god, two years ago there was a poll that said 80 percent of you were against it.’ You look like a total fool,” Clinton said. (DB)

    —”Nobody is asking for American soldiers in Syria,” Clinton said. “The only question is now that the Russians, the Iranians and the Hezbollah are in there head over heels, 90 miles to nothing, should we try to do something to try to slow their gains and rebalance the power so that these rebel groups have a decent chance, if they’re supported by a majority of the people, to prevail?” (via Politico)

The missing and the dead. The byproducts of President Clinton’s disinterest.

It’s hard to know exactly  what Clinton wants the president to do about Syria.  He was a little skimpy on the details but  makes it pretty clear somebody needs to “do something.”

Mostly its about Clinton reviving a theme began by his wife five years ago: Obama isn’t ready to sit in the Big Chair and make the tough calls.    Bill knows he could and wants everyone to know Hillary could too.

Except when he didn’t and allowed almost a million people to lose their lives.    Perhaps while he sucking on the unlit cigar soaked with Monica Lewinsky’s sex sauce, Bubba forgot how in 1994 he allowed the Hutus to slaughter the  Tutsis in the Rwandan Genocide.

The only thing more disgusting than Clinton’s craven opportunism is his lousy memory.   There was a time when he was the one who was the “wuss” and the “fool” and he was definitely looking at the polling numbers before coming to a decision.

What’s funny only it’s not is here’s the guy who sat on his thumbs when he wasn’t getting blow jobs from chubby interns and let the slaughter in Rwanda go down and he did NOTHING. The “first Black president” knew of the plans for genocide when the Hutus massacred over 800,000 Tutsis in 100 day.   Clinton chose not to get involved.   

President Bill Clinton’s administration knew Rwanda was being engulfed by genocide in April 1994 but buried the information to justify its inaction, according to classified documents made available for the first time.

No use crying kids. Bill Clinton can’t hear you.

Senior officials privately used the word genocide within 16 days of the start of the killings, but chose not to do so publicly because the president had already decided not to intervene.

Intelligence reports obtained using the US Freedom of Information Act show the cabinet and almost certainly the president had been told of a planned “final solution to eliminate all Tutsis” before the slaughter reached its peak.

The documents undermine claims by Mr Clinton and his senior officials that they did not fully appreciate the scale and speed of the killings.

“It’s powerful proof that they knew,” said Alison des Forges, a Human Rights Watch researcher and authority on the genocide.

The National Security Archive, an independent non-governmental research institute based in Washington DC, went to court to obtain the material.

It discovered that the CIA’s national intelligence daily, a secret briefing circulated to Mr Clinton, the then vice-president, Al Gore, and hundreds of senior officials, included almost daily reports on Rwanda. One, dated April 23, said rebels would continue fighting to “stop the genocide, which … is spreading south”.

Three days later the state department’s intelligence briefing for former secretary of state Warren Christopher and other officials noted “genocide and partition” and reported declarations of a “final solution to eliminate all Tutsis”.

However, the administration did not publicly use the word genocide until May 25 and even then diluted its impact by saying “acts of genocide”.

Ms Des Forges said: “They feared this word would generate public opinion which would demand some sort of action and they didn’t want to act. It was a very pragmatic determination.”

The administration did not want to repeat the fiasco of US intervention in Somalia, where US troops became sucked into fighting. It also felt the US had no interests in Rwanda, a small central African country with no minerals or strategic value.

William Ferroggiaro, of the National Security Archive, said the system had worked. “Diplomats, intelligence agencies, defence and military officials – even aid workers – provided timely information up the chain,” he said.

“That the Clinton administration decided against intervention at any level was not for lack of knowledge of what was happening in Rwanda.”

Clinton cared more about his blow jobs than innocents being massacred.   At least when it came to Black innocents.   But in Kosovo, Clinton didn’t dawdle at all.   He moved quickly to intervene and save the Croats.  Being born with White skin still has its privileges and one is the U.S. doesn’t dick around when it comes to saving the lives of those it considers worth it.

“It may seem strange to you here, especially the many of you who lost members of your family, but all over the world there were people like me sitting in offices, day after day after day, who did not fully appreciate the depth and the speed with which you were being engulfed by this unimaginable terror,” Clinton said during a trip to Africa in 1998 as the Lewinsky scandal was eating his presidency alive.

When Clinton said those words it was a lie.   He knew what was going on in Rwanda.   He didn’t care.

I respect Clinton. I even like Clinton. But his failure to act during the Rwanda genocide will never be forgiven or forgotten by me.   He was a coward then, he’s a coward now and he has no right to criticize Obama for not interceding in Syria while he was unwilling to do likewise in Rwanda.

Oh well, the campaign’s over. Hillary’s out of the Cabinet. Time for Big Bill to do what he does best: steal the spotlight and undercut  Obama.   The next presidential election is right around the corner and there isn’t an inch of daylight between Hill and Bill in their plans to put her in the Oval Office.   He owes her big-time for not divorcing his cheating ass while he was still in the White House and she WILL collect.

You expect this kind of behavior from Bill Clinton.   He doesn’t mean to be so bombastic.  He just is.  He does mean to be duplicitous, deceptive and devious.    Clinton has always been a guy who after he shakes your hand, you want to count and see how many fingers you still have.

In politics, they smile in your face while they pat you on the back.  That’s because they’re looking for the best place to stick the knife.   Maybe Clinton is coming down so hard on Obama to prod him into taking action in Syria in a way he failed to do so in Rwanda.   Maybe, but I don’t think Clinton allocates that much thought to his past mistakes.   His eyes on on the future and triumphant return to the White House and this time as The First Husband.

That’s a dream for Clinton well worth the risk of pissing off Obama.   However he might want to  consider Obama can ether be a big help or a big hindrance to Hill and Bill in 2016.

Throwing Obama under the bus and backing it up just to be sure isn’t anything new for anybody as ambitious as The Clintons.   There’s been a few bodies stacked up under wheels of the Clintoncruiser over the years and there’s always room for two more.