How does a World Leader back away from the brink of disaster. You use your elected officials to narrowly restrain you.
Barak Obama has done his master’s bidding and taken the world to the brink of WWIII this week, but in a rare moment of better judgement he finds he cannot finally push the button.
How can he pull back, having marched his army to the top of the hill he cannot be seen simply to turn them round and march them down again. No-one would ever believe the word of the US again.
Similarly, he cannot be seen to be bowing to the growing international pressure mounting against the US, the same international community that the US frequently cites as being outraged allowing the US to do unspeakable things to the populations of other nations. This time however he has no coalition of the willing, as one by one they say No, not this time.
Nor can he be seen to be bowing to Russian or Chinese pressure, letting them move into the dominant international role that the US has enjoyed for two centuries.
No, the only way in which he can back down without losing face internationally is to have his own Congress reassert their Constitutional role, and over-rule the President. This will be spun on the basis that it is not a defeat for the President, but a win for democracy.
However, having said that, we all know that the best plans of mice and men can go wrong. Miliband for instance who wanted to support a strike on Syria but not wanted to be seen doing so, played a dangerous game of chess by whipping his own amendment, confused his own MP’s and got a different result from the one he wanted. In the end I think it was the right decision, and I care not how it was arrived at, but it shows the dangers of playing chess politics when the stakes are so high.
If this is the Obama plan, and it goes wrong, we could end up with several unwanted scenarios, including one where the US military refuses to carry out the orders of their own Commander in Chief. It is said that unrest amongst the US military is growing daily, and this picture surely says much.
Whether or not this is a real member of the US armed forces is unknown but we suspect it sums up many of their perspectives as Obama punts to Congress.
As Obama ponders his next move, one that he has given plenty of time to, as he has not requested that Congress be recalled for a special vote, so will have to wait until they reconvene after the holidays on 9th September, and with 2 full days of debate, there will not be a vote until 11th September, a day most Americans would like to eradicate from their calendars. (and no doubt there will be some who will be saying this is symbolic)
Who knows, perhaps there is something in that, when we cast our minds back to Obama’s first visit to Saudi Arabia, when he was photographed in a fully subservient pose kneeling and bowing before the King, or the more recent revelations of incredibly frank discussions between Saudi’s spy-chief Prince Bandar and Russia’s Putin exposed a much deeper plot is afoot and details from the actual people on the ground in the chemically-attacked region of Syria suggest Obama is playing right into the Saudi’s Sunni domination plan, getting the world’s superpowers to do their dirty work for them.
It should also be remembered that immediately following 9/11 leading Saudi’s were allowed to leave the US unhindered, some even helped by the Bush family, and it was not long after that the incredible story of Gen. Westley Clarke, stating that the Bush administration had decided to take out 7 countries in 5 years, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran, although no-one had the slightest idea why. I think all is now becoming somewhat clearer, Shia led countries and petro dollars.
(n.b. General Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general. He was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the Kosovo War. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom)
As for Obama, his Muslim credentials are now visible for all to see, and we are not out of the woods yet. We have no idea which way the US Congress will finally vote, but it does at least give us some breathing space. Time that we must use wisely promoting diplomatic efforts to stop these wars, perhaps elevating the role of the Arab League to intervene rather than Britain or the US, or even the French who are clearly looking for an overseas adventure to distract their home grown economic/immigration/unemployment problems.
And speaking of the French, well the Saudi’s have just rewarded Obama’s remaining supporter with a 1.5billion euro defence contract. Speaks volumes.