"He arrived in front of the cameras shaken, angry, and humiliated."
The president who claimed that he could bomb the sovereign nation of Libya for seven months, overthrow its government and kill its president, without triggering the War Powers Act -- and, further, that no state of war exists unless Americans are killed -- told his Tuesday night audience that he opposes excessive presidential power. "This is especially true," said Obama, with a straight face, "after a decade that put more and more war-making power in the hands of the president and more and more burdens on the shoulders of our troops, while sidelining the people's representatives from the critical decisions about when we use force."
In truth, it was the likelihood of rejection by American "people's representatives" -- just as British Prime Minister Cameron's war plans were rejected by Parliament -- that derailed Obama.
It took more than 1,500 words before Obama acknowledged the existence of the real world, in which he was compelled to "postpone" a congressional vote on the use of force while the U.S., Russia, China, France and Britain work on a UN resolution "requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons and to ultimately destroy them under international control." Syria has already agreed to the arrangement, in principle. Obama must bear, not only the bitter burden of defeat, but the humiliation of having to pretend that the UN route was his idea, all along.
Expect him back on the war track in no time flat. What else is an imperialist to do?
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