Obama, the former professor of constitutional law, who as recently as August 22 warned in a CNN interview that " we have to take into account considerations" like a "U.N. mandate" supported by "international law" and "clear evidence," seems ready now to strike without any respect to the three factors, which they only can give legitimacy to any U.S. -- led strike against Syria.
The UN mandate and legitimacy cannot be
provided by a decision taken by the NATO, which is led by the
Moreover, Obama seems even ready to
According to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) has collected nearly three dozen signatures of House members to a letter he intended to send to the White House to remind the president that military action without a congressional vote "would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution."
Obama told CNN: " Sometimes what we've seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff that does not turn out well, gets us mired in very difficult situations."
Writing in the Los Angeles Times on August 27, Kathleen Hennessey, Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons said that the poison gas attack in the suburbs of the Syrian capital on August 21 was "testing" Obama's views " as no previous crisis has done;" unfortunately Kerry announced Monday that the U.S. president has failed this test.
However, Kerry's statement in his news conference in Washington Monday, which was described by mainstream media as "emotional" and "highly charged," sounded like an official declaration that Obama had done with whatever "considerations" might prevent him from taking a decision to strike, even if he risks to get "mired in" exactly the "very difficult situations" he has been trying to avoid.
It was a
declaration that Obama has at last given in to the warmongers who have been leading
a media blitz that
has been beating the drums of war on
Kerry Mobilizes Passive Public
On the one
statement was emotionally highly charged with the intention of defusing a
mounting pressure for action that was exacerbated with the reported chemical
attack in the suburbs of
On the other, its
emotionality was intended as a prelude to mobilize a passive public opinion for
a possible imminent military action against
Several recent polls showed that the
majority of Americans oppose
If Kerry's intention was to mount pressure on Syria, the country's foreign minister Walid al-Muallem on Tuesday declared Syria will not yield to "blackmail" and its only option is to defend itself with whatever means are available, some of which will be a "surprise," he said.
However, Kerry's statement sounded not a message to Syria per se as much as it was a message to American, European and Arab warmongers, who ever since the Syrian crisis erupted have been lobbying his administration to take action against Syria long before the first chemical attack was launched from the positions of the U.S. -- sponsored armed gangs on Khan al_A'ssal five months ago.
Investigating a Forgone Conclusion
In view of the Syrian government's confirmation of the use
of chemical weapons, Kerry's statement on Monday that it "is real, that
chemical weapons were used in