(Article changed on September 6, 2013 at 00:30)
Rare are the moments when hard-bitten pundits kneel in prayer, paying homage to the imminent wonder upon us. What was unimaginable a month ago, without serial foreign muggings against the homeland, has come to pass. We bask for a moment as these United States are more unified on anything since, let's see, yes, Dubya's dragged himself into exile and obscurity.
A predicted House rejection of the Obombardier would be historic, signifying oft-ignored voters acting together against the planet's most menacing, powerful gang, bristling with unstoppable military powers, both top party establishments, and hefty media domination. What underlies the marvel is all this unity comes about without any knee-jerk patriotic rage ready to punish rogue terrorists. Since any sort of actual democratic, peace-endorsing triumphs are rarer than winning wars, this is news.
Let us thus give the devil his due, though General Obama took five hard years to erase the simplistic national color war on which Bush-Cheney-Rove feasted. However unclear are core motivations, Obama alone has successfully blurred seemingly imperishable chasms between blue states and red. Remarkably this groundswell anti-war insurgency merges goofy Tea Party libertarians, centrist/liberal Democrats, and other rational adults not suckered by what is, admittedly, a dismal shadow of meaty Rove propaganda. Who would have thunk it?
Hallelujah and hosannas, for God works in such mysterious ways! And the next wondrous aspect is that unity comes so far with zero bloodshed, no stomping imperial boots, and no expense of cruise missile billions in a waste of shame. Still Obama may stick to his threat, scorning the will of the people, but that shreds approval ratings falling by the week. No-drama Obama would be recast with "Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead" roguery, a lurch this change-artist can't survive. If marshaling support for an attack appears beyond his ken, whither altered personality?
Once-a-Century Still Counts
Who would have guessed, after this week's hawkish Senate committee vote, Huffington Post headlines War Vote in Deep Trouble. Congressional defiance of any presidential belligerence is a once-a-century phenomenon, even in theory a blow to our unchecked, global expansion. Who anticipated a limit to our bullying, nor a way to preserve what's left of our reputation? Behold a third ripple: were that greater than 50% of us obeyed when yelling "No More War," we'd be justified in rushing onto the streets, celebrating with Lincoln that majority rule has not wholly perished from this earth.
And more: might the benighted mob not finally begin to learn the lesson, unheeded by the Afghan surge or Iraqi debacle, that the greatest enemy to our national security, if not world peace, is US, yes, the U.S.? Oh, my. What a valuable insight for a critical mass to get that Syrian thugs, though thick as thieves, aren't the world's dire threats. Could a million or two realize that no power on earth can stop other people, dying to kill each other, from doing just that? Whatever we do.