100705-N-5574R-195 by isafmedia
Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain
Now that President Obama has reconsidered and decided to take up the Syrian chemical attack issue with the Congress in a not so surprising reversal considering the British parliament snubbed Prime Minister David Cameron's plea to join Obama in a missile attack on Syrian government installations , the big question is will the Congress give him the authorization?
So let the "charade" games begin. Actually they've started over the weekend with Obama's Republican attack dogs Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham pushing hard for the Congress to grant the president the authority to attack Syria.
Throw in the likes of Secretary of State John Kerry (in full attack mode), Vice President Biden and other assorted administration flacks on the phones or giving a pitch on Sunday's corporate media "news" programs it's all but a full court press by the Obama mob to get the Congress to give him cover.
In an unusual twist the Repubs. are split between libertarian Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's "Tea Party" crowd mainly in the House who seethe at anything associated with Obama and putting on a 1930's isolationist face opposing any intervention in Syria against the Republican interventionists led by McCain and Graham with the "rift" between the sides providing a sideshow to the Syrian "issue" previously unseen by the usual Republican automatons who normally vote in lock step unison to everything their leadership ordered.
As for the weak kneed Democrats in both the House and the Senate there are few independently minded lawmakers who vote their conscience, retain their integrity like a Russ Feingold and a Robert Byrd willing to split with their party and defy a president, Democrat or Republican, when a wrongheaded misadventure is up for a vote.
Then let's not forget the impact of AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee) whose outsized influence over the overwhelming majority of Congressional Dems. and Repubs. is legendary. This Israeli lobby has most of their Congressional sycophants genuflecting like Catholics before the Pope and kissing AIPAC's "ring" i.e. the moolah they "Indirectly " provide to the election campaign war chests of the majority in Congress.
Considering AIPAC and Israel are obsessed with a nuclear Iran and that country a close ally of Syria's Assad, they would like nothing better than an American aerial strike in Syria, retaliation by Iran to defend Assad's regime that would then justify a U.S./Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, an escalation with catastrophic implications and a potential for a worldwide conflagration.
But getting back to Obama, the Syrian imbroglio he created with his "red line" in the sand rhetoric that boxed him in with "saving face" and "keeping his word" the thin notions he's leaning on, even if the president prevails and gets Congress' blessing to attack Syria it still won't be "legal". There's the sticky little matter of the U.N. charter and the U.S. being an original signee that says a country must be in imminent danger of attack or been attacked before they can take action against another country. And Syria didn't attack the U.S.
As for U.S. standing in the world it's at a low point internationally particularly with Edward Snowden's NSA revelations of "no such agency" snooping in on all the electronic communications of both friends and foes alike. That international standing can only plummet further with a U.S. strike on Syria.
Then again the U.S. government stopped caring long ago about the international community and just put on the faÃ§ade it followed international norms and the rule of law.
Only some naÃ¯ve American people still believe the U.S. is doing good deeds in the world. Those on the other end of U.S. drone attacks and missile strikes, been attacked by JSOC raids in the middle of the night killing innocents as they slept know the truth. Add in the lies that precipitated the 2003 invasion of Iraq and even the British M.P.'s have seen the light and voted not to be a part of further U.S. aggression in Syria.
Now we have to endure a week of war mongering bloviating in Washington with another U.S. unnecessary war likely on the horizon. Unfortunately insanity prevails.