Some will see it as the final betrayal of a political Judas. Others, in particular those who have been drinking the toxic brew of hope and change flavored Kool Aid will cheer it. Wednesday night, in a much trumpeted and ballyhooed speech to the nation, President Barack Obama announced that he is now committing the United States to another war in a never ending series of which have driven the country towards moral and financial bankruptcy. He also washed his hands to seal the fate of the Democrats who are on the brink of an electoral wipe out on the first Tuesday in November. Rather than a necessary action in the best interests of the country, the military option is a cynical political move to protect the doomed Dems from being called "chicken". Just as his backing off of promised immigration reform did, the move to begin airstrikes and bombing will backfire, driving down turnout as Obama twists the shank into the backs of his base.
Obama also circumvented Congress and again is invoking his divine right as king and decider to decree who and when we will be bombing. The Obama announcement declared that airstrikes would commence in Syria against the spooky Islamic army of fanatics ISIS. But as often happens with liars, fiends and idiots (which Obama hits the trifecta) is that their best laid plans go awry and unintended consequences follow. So-called "moderate" rebels will be trained and given arms to fight ISIS but will more than likely end up being routed and allowing more U.S. equipment to fall into extremist hands or simply become disillusioned and join the cause.
Not that Obama gives a rat's ass, in just a little over two years he will be living in taxpayer funded luxury with full Secret Service protection as he plays golf, writes his memoirs and gets paid for giving speeches. He won't be around to see the final product and has already lit the proverbial bag of flaming dogshit that his successor will find parked at the door to the Oval Office.
The piece was short but tightly packed with demagoguery, appeals to American exceptionalism and all of the usual tripe that spews from El Presidente's trusty teleprompter. I excerpt the following from the transcript:
In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists — Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.
So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East — including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region — including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners — including Europeans and some Americans — have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.
Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved — especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.
My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back — America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.
It is always sickening to see swine like Obama and his ilk exploiting the deaths of the Americans who were murdered on September 11, 2001 - in particular on the eve of the anniversary of those attacks. It is par for the course and President Barack Obama is one shameless motherfucker for doing so now.
The biggest losers will be the Democrats. Starting in November but potentially spilling over into 2016 where the hopes of Queen Hillary the Inevitable could even be dinged if Obama's latest foreign policy misadventure turns out to be a catastrophe. There are legions of progressives and left-leaning independents who have already concluded that the Democratic party is the political equivalent of the Ebola virus and are running away from it as fast as their legs can carry them. While there are the hypocrites who continue to support Obama for the same things that they were squealing like pigs for Bush to be impeached over they are going to be all that is left in the end and it isn't enough.
It wasn't that long ago that the Dems and their stable of dim-witted pundits like Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz were dancing on the grave of the Republican party. The truth is that Obama's regime has opened the door for a GOP revival if they are able to find the right message and messenger and let us all hope that it isn't Armageddon Ted Cruz who is in perfect position to exploit the war on Islam that Obama just has committed America to.