Activist Wednesday: How Did We Do It This Time?
Posted September 11, 2013on:
Well, it’s 9/11 today, and instead of writing a gloomy blog about how we are doomed to be at war with Syria, it looks like I can report that we may have narrowly averted war with a country which a) didn’t attack us and b) didn’t declare war on us. Obama seems to still want to keep the door open for a possible strike, which, if you remember my post last week about the linkages between Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the hoped-for natural gas pipeline, only makes sense. The “some people say” writers at the Atlantic Journal Constitution took a sampling of the reactions: they weren’t positive.
Mike Corrao, a pharmaceutical drug rep from Milwaukee, said Obama’s speech left him confused about the next steps. He said he was conflicted by the overall situation — upset about the use of chemical weapons, but unable to fathom how a U.S. missile strike would make things better. He said all Obama’s speech did was cloud the issue, especially in regard to how an attack would accomplish any meaningful goal.
“I’m against any attack but if you’re going to do it the purpose should be to punish or disarm” the Syrian leader, said Corrao, 35. “Even in his stated goals he used the word ‘deter.’ If you’re going to do a strike make it mean something.”
Yeah um, I have to agree with Mike here. Deterrence only happens BEFORE you bomb. Death is what happens AFTER. Just say it, you mealy-mouthed, useless DINO!
Ahem. Anyway, there is a TeeVee in the corridor in the place where I’m working, and it was broadcasting Faux (we are in Texas, y’all). One of the worst things about this whole Syria debacle from a US perspective, is that we have to see these same f*cking idiots mouthing off about foreign policy, pre-running for 2016. (Note to Rick Santorum : For the love of Jeebus, just stop it. You have the brains of an artichoke, infelicitously combined with the charisma of a sodden napkin.)
Despite the constant yammering of the media and our politicians, we didn’t go to war this time. I am one of those people, as you know, who actively and vigorously protested against the Iraq War, marching in the streets along with 250,000 others. I have to wonder, why didn’t we stop the war then, but we may have succeeded now?
I don’t have an answer, but I do have a fun poll for you. Let me know what you think!
In the meantime, this is a Syrian, September The 11th, Iraqian, Obamian open thread.
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