Did you watch the President’s announcement?
He started out addressing the public’s shocking reaction of the Chemical weapons attack in Syria, as if somehow he forgot about the Americans killed in Benghazi…
Then he refers to the Secretary of State, John Kerry, laying out, what the Washington Post has called a “Forceful Case” that the Assad Regime is undeniably responsible for attacking its own people with Chemcal Weapons.
“After a decade of conflict, the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am too. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility…. history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings.”
~ Secretary of State, John Kerry
The President then goes on to mention “horrible images of the dead.”
I hate to be a brute, but does anyone remember Ambassador Stevens?
Let me skip a few more insensitive comments to the meat and bones of his statements.
He then makes a somewhat strong statement, somewhat is the key word here..
“the United States Military should take action.”
Not “the United States Military WILL take action.”
He gives us this wimpy “should”..
This is so indecisive.
Now here is where Rand Paul gets all jumpy to attack the President.
Mr. Paul clams the President wants to go to war.
No where in his speech does he declare war or does he mention sending troops, in fact… He specifically states he will NOT be sending troops into combat.
This doesn’t let the President off the hook though. Not one bit.
Over a year ago he said this
“We have been very clear to the (Bashar Assad) regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
And to deter this kind of behavior we have ships armed with missiles ready to attack.
“We are prepared to strike, whenever we choose.”
~ Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to President Obama
So why didn’t we do it the moment we had that capacity?
The world needs to know when the President speaks on behalf of the People, he means business and he’s a man of his word.
The fact he’s waited so long shows how unimportant this is to him. And we wouldn’t be in this position if he hasn’t said the two magic words, “Red Line.”
But he did, and he must act upon his word or what does it mean?
Not only can we strike whenever we want, but apparently we can wait as long as we want too!
“our capacity to execute this mission is not time sensitive.”
Really? I’d argue otherwise…
Lets back up a little, shall we?
A leader is using chemical weapons on his citizens killing over 1,000 people and he has the capacity to do it again and somehow this isn’t time sensitive?
But you’re gonna love this
“I will seek authorization.. from congress.”
They don’t return from their vacation for a less than a week! He’s willing to wait this long to take action when he understands the severity of this situation?
Not only that but he wants them to debate and take a vote!
Did he forget he’s talking about congress? I think he did..
I hate forcing hypotheticals on you (but I’m going to do it anyway)
Since we know the Syrian probably have their weapons on the move, away from the bases to secret locations, what if they fall into the wrong hands such as the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Qaeda? This could seriously threaten our national security as the 12 anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks nears.
Now I understand he wants this decision to be one that is widely supported and that when we make decisions as a nation it makes our resolve stronger. But he doesn’t have to campaign anymore! He was re-elected! He knew when he was reelected he would be faced with tough decisions and he’d have to act. No one ever said it would be easy or popular. And people will always disagree with the President on both sides of the isle. Because since he has been democratically re-elected his decisions are a general reflection of the People’s will.
I’m not saying he shouldn’t have to go to congress. I’m just suggesting that it won’t make his case stronger by waiting a ridiculous amount of time to let congress battle it out.
Then he has the audacity to basically say “ehhh I don’t really need congresses’ approval at the moment, but you know if it makes everyone feel good and takes some heat off of me then it’s a good day in America.”
Ok here’s what he really said
“While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger … and our actions will be even more effective”
That’s NOT how you persuade 535 hardheaded politicians to agree with you.
Especially when many face reelection next year and they’ll have to answer to their constituents why they wanted to intervene in a foreign country’s war when we have:
– Massive Poverty
– Massive Government Dependency
– Failing Education
– Massive Debt
And a recession that shows few signs of ending.
He’s putting over 400 politicians in a very tight spot..
He then says that taking action on such a “Unspeakable Outrage” is “up for debate.”
I feel like he knows this could either lead to war or fail and he doesn’t want to go it alone. He needs to drag congress down with him if it back fires.
Because if he felt that this was so pressing to our interests and to the security of our allies, he would have struck the Syrian Regime in the dead of the night by surprise. He would have sent the message to all our enemies “Neither America or our allies will stand for such unethical behavior. We won’t tolerate it.”
As the old saying goes
“Drastic times call for drastic measures.”
And when the President says there are going to be serious consequences if you do not heed my warning and you defy me, then we have no choice but to give them hell.
I’m 6 minutes into his 10 minute speech and I can’t go on. Really, I think he’s said enough.
He’s not prepared to take the action necessary to fight tyrants who wish to harm people who wish to be free. He’s not willing to take these core American values to heart. He isn’t ready to lead the free world. He’s scared. He’s indecisive. He’s cowering from the course of action that needs to be taken.
And the world has taken that into account.
Did you know in Israel there are hundreds of people lined up to receive gas masks?
They are literally preparing for the worst if America doesn’t pull through.
The President of the United States of America is a coward. Unwilling to act. Unwilling to do what is necessary. Unwilling to keep his word. He lacks the spine and the integrity.
And that’s the memo.
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