President Obama's reputation for playing chess while his opponents are playing checkers may be resurrected this fall because he now has a chance to put the Republicans into a binary choice situation where they can't win no matter what choice they make.
If President Obama asks for Congress to authorize the drone strikes in Iraq via the War Powers Act, then they will have a choice of either: A exemplifying the "Alligator mouth, hummingbird ass" warrior concept and denying him backing for the drone strikes they encouraged or B confirming that he is the commander-in-chief and has their backing for the bombing missions.
If he wins the Forever War he will be a national hero. If he doesn't and the conflict hasn't been resolved by the end of his second term, at least he won't have gotten himself impeached for ignoring the War Powers Act.
If President Obama does not seek a War Powers Act approval for what he is doing, he could provide the Republicans with a chance to prove that their mastery of hypocrisy has reached the highest level because they could then Impeach Obama (and probably get a conviction in the Senate) for exceeding his authority to order the drone strikes which would ignore the fact that President George W. Bush essentially did the same thing and was never held accountable for his cavalier disregard for the War Powers Act.
Would the Republicans have the temerity to impeach Obama for something that duplicated what George W. Bush did? Wouldn't such blatant hypocrisy make the November mid-term elections very interesting?
Diverting America's attention to the beheadings of journalists will get much better ratings than a long and monotonous explanation of the legal intricacies involved in debating the possibility of a violation of the War Powers Act and so the old TV adage, "If it bleeds; it leads" will help network executives to make a decision that will win the audience's approval.
Obsessing on beheadings will cause a very dramatic bit of
blowback. If folks get used to beheading
videos then the terrorists will be obliged to up the voltage and slowly
increase the gruesome factor for each new installment of their "execution of
the week" reality TV series.
That, in turn, would only serve to taunt America's citizens into fully endorsing the "Apocalypse Now" philosophy expressed in Col. Kurtz note: "Drop the bomb, exterminate the brutes." That, in turn, would mean that America would become fully (i.e. bipartisan support) committed to a long and brutal war which already has been called "The Forever War."
It is now just a curious historic footnote to note that
reprisal killings were condemned at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trails.
When George W. Bush first announced the "Shock and Awe" TV specials, many Democrats objected citing moralistic reasons. Now that President Obama has gotten most members of the Democratic Party onboard for the "Forever War" future historians can revisit the summer of 2014 and try to isolate the factors that were involved in the slow and gradual process that dissolved the Democrats' initial reluctance for not endorsing and approving the Bush war plan.
The fact that the marketplace for punditry is glutted with
conservative voices means that any columnist who is inclined to argue the
minority opinion (What? Me Irish?) might
just as well try to piss up a rope.
(WTF?) The best that the World's
Laziest Journalist can hope for is to provide innocuous and esoteric bits of
information that hold the attention of regular readers and realize that the
anti-war movement is moribund.
Students at the University of California at Berkeley were on the forefront of students who protested the war in Vietnam. Now anti-war sentiment is as antiquated as tie-dye T-shirts. (Yeah they abound in Berkeley but when was the last time they were worn in "fly-over country"?)
California's highly praised public education system was blind-sided by Prop 13. Homeowners rushed to save them selves a paltry amount of tax money and thereby delivered a stealth bonus to corporations that ultimately caused the University of California system to boost the costs of a college education to much higher levels. Now, a goodly number of students are from wealthy families from outside the country come to Berkeley for their college education and so they could care less what the latest war protest in the USA is about. Many of the students, who can afford to go to college, are committed to preserving the status quo and so they just ignore war protests. The people who have to get student loans to attend college would suffer economic devastation if they miss classes to chant "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" and get expelled. At that point they would be SOL (surely out of luck) because they would be out on the street and still owe their student loans. So they watch it on The Evening News.
We have seen some reports that high risk loans for car buyers seem to be a viable threat that a new banking crisis could occur if enough car buyers default on their loans.
Home foreclosures seem to have fallen out of favor as a news
topic but the number of homes being foreclosed is still at a formidable
Speaking of cars, over the Labor Day Weekend, the World's Laziest Journalist spotted an Olive Drab Ferrari (F-40?) in Berkeley CA. We know that such a tidbit of information isn't even close to being political punditry but since real attempts at political analysis is extinct in the mainstream media, then we have to select the perks for our effort that appeal to us.
After posting this column, we will feel obliged to go to Oakland and cover a September 5 protest against the militarization of America's police departments. We may get some news photos or we may get some stock shots and information for use with future columns mentioning the new protesting trend.