If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them [sic]. Over time, our troops would again face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield. And it could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons, and to use them to attack civilians. If fighting spills beyond Syria’s borders, these weapons could threaten allies like Turkey, Jordan, and Israel. And a failure to stand against the use of chemical weapons would weaken prohibitions against other weapons of mass destruction, and embolden Assad’s ally, Iran, which must decide whether to ignore international law by building a nuclear weapon or to take a more peaceful path.
This is not a world we should accept.
That’s weird. Obama was just fine with accepting such a world 10 years ago, when Bush said the same things about Iraq. The difference, of course, is that now Obama’s in charge. Except he doesn’t have the support of Congress, the American people, the United Nations, or pretty much anybody else. Unlike Bush.
I’d be glad to give Obama credit for realizing how the world works — or at least pretending to, because that’s what it said on the teleprompter at that particular moment — if he didn’t act like he’s the first one ever to notice.
Update: All you need to do to humiliate the Obama administration is quote the Obama administration.
Update: Obama’s first taste of the national spotlight was when he said there was no such thing as “red states” and “blue states.” He didn’t mean it, of course, and since then he’s done nothing but pit them against each other. Now they both disagree with him, so last night he made a point of doing so again.
This Obama speech invitation is beyond words. pic.twitter.com/o6qsPXvA36
— BuzzFeedBenny (@bennyjohnson) September 10, 2013