Barack Obama has -- properly -- placed the question of peace or war in the hands of Congress
. Some Republicans are saying that he is "abdicating responsibility,"
a sentiment I find grimly amusing, since the framers of the Constitution would have been infuriated by the thought of a President going to war without
Maybe Obama hopes to give himself a way to back out gracefully. Maybe Obama really is playing 11-dimensional chess. If his die-hard followers want to so interpret this decision, fine by me.
At this time, all I care about is the maintenance of peace and the establishment of truth. And the truth, as I see it, comes to this: The administration has not given us any hard proof that Assad ordered militarily-useless chemical attacks on civilians.
Very soon, I'll publish another post making the case that we've been played for suckers. The purpose of this post is to emphasize that that we can help history take a better course. In the UK, Parliament did the right thing. Americans should force their Congress to do likewise.
The upcoming vote on war or peace will create strange bedfellows and non-intuitive coalitions. Many Democrats will support a strike, and many Republicans will oppose. The GOP is split
between neocons and libertarians. I don't envy the poor bastards: They must now decide whether they love war more than they hate Obama. I think many of them are so anxious to annoy a Democratic president that they will even countenance peace.
In this unusual moment, partisan concerns do not matter to me very much. What matters is this: We should stay out of Syria's civil war. We should never loose our engines of mass death based on iffy evidence provided by the Israeli intelligence services, or any other foreign service. All foreign nations have their own agendas, and all spooks live to deceive.
We must dance to our own tune, not to anyone else's.
So contact your congressional representative and your senators. (You may also want to try this
excellent strategy.) Do not listen to the defeatists who will tell you not to bother because the fix is in. The polls favor peace
. Success is
possible -- and even if it isn't, a noble failure always beats acquiescence.
And please pass along the post below, in which I show evidence indicating that the United States may now be the victim of the same trick played on us back in 1986.