Apparently the idea of ceding power back to Congress was a big fucking deal at the White House. Obviously politics is going to come into play on the whole issue of bombing
Iraq, Iran, Syria. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while also knows that I do worst case scenarios, a corollary I suppose of having no expectations, which means having no disappointments. If everything that could go wrong goes wrong then who could’ve knowed? Any improvement on that still leaves a lot of I told you so room. I’m pretty good at that too. (JSYK)
But the heart of the matter remains, do international proscriptions against using chemical weapons mean anything anymore or not? If so and that is the basis of the Syrian action, does that mean *it also precludes others, in the future, from using those weapons, including white phosphorus by the United States and Israel, and whatever in the hell Russia and the rest of the major powers have in their arsenals?
If this is a one shot deal then, Katy bar the door. The world has an opportunity to move beyond the wink and the nod on the use of those weapons, but do those who posses them have the will to destroy them? For they are the poor man’s nuclear weapons, and the last act of desperate leaders of nations with nuclear weapons, and I think a large part of the resistance to Obama’s initiative is a desire to maintain the option of using those weapons at a more convenient time. Perhaps a nuke in time saves nine?
So yeah, the issue has a plethora of little problems for little minds, and since those are the majority of political leaders in our time we are already being inundated with grand polemics and rhetorical flares that illuminate the deserts of the political hobgoblins squirting blood from one eye, or the other, like tin horned toads. It is quite rightly a moral and ethical question, not about who gets to throw the first stone, if that were the case then no one could, end of story.
All the other framing of other issues is built on that foundational question, and all the square and true walls in the world are not going to make a house when the foundation is built on sand.
It is time that world, and national leaders acted their ages, not their shoe sizes. This teenage bullshit has gone on long enough.
* A bit of editing for English there.