June 18, 2013 Leave a comment
According to President Obama, you can’t really understand Syrian policy unless you’ve been in the Situation Room. In this one little comment made during an interview with Charlie Rose we see everything that’s wrong with Obama. He’s taking the country into war without any debate and his best argument is that we should just trust him. His reason why we should trust him? He’s been in the Situation Room, we haven’t. We have 4,500 troops on the Syrian border, Obama is running guns to Syrian rebels who have pledged allegiance to al Qaeda. He honestly thinks we shouldn’t question him because we haven’t been in the Situation Room.
There is to be no debate of course. Like with everything else Obama pushes, the time for debate is over. We’ve had years to debate every issue he brings to the table, so we’re to knock it off at this point. In the case of Syria, the President said last week when he announced he was supporting al Qaeda rebels that he didn’t even have a plan in place yet. Presumably the plan will come this week. Never mind that Assad was accused of using chemical weapons months ago. At this White House they apparently don’t plan for future possibilities. Don’t you dare question them though, you haven’t been in the Situation Room!
We’ve seen this sort of dismissive arrogance throughout Obama’s two terms. We were told to just trust him on Obamacare, he knew what was best. The time for debate was over, Congress had to push through the bill. That it’s turned out to be a terrible mess that massively increases insurance rates and causes employees to lose hours and health benefits isn’t of concern. The time for debate was over, you’d better trust Obama. He pulled the same stunt with gun control earlier this year. He trotted out grieving families from the Newtown shooting and told the country the time for debate was over. We should just trust the President.
The time for debate on Syria is not over, in fact it isn’t over for any of these issues. Syria in particular should not be closed down for debate by the President. It’s up to the President to make a compelling case to Congress and the American public for war with Syria. No President gets to tell the country they understand the situation, just trust me. For all the bellyaching Obama did about Iraq when Bush was President, the fact is Bush didn’t take this country to war until the country had a robust debate about the matter. Bush obtained a Congressional resolution on Iraq. Obama has cut off debate from the beginning, we haven’t been in the Situation Room so just shut up and trust the President.
The public has a right to demand the President make a compelling case for war in Syria. We have a right to know why we’re supporting rebels who have pledged allegiance to al Qaeda. This is after all the same organization that attacked us on 9-11 and killed our Libyan ambassador last September. Why are we arming them and otherwise supporting them? Is Assad really worse than al Qaeda? We have 4,500 troops on the border. Are they going to see combat on the ground in Syria? What sort of arms are we supplying? What sort of danger is a no-fly zone going to present for our troops? How does this action affect our relationship with Russia, China, Turkey, Israel and Europe?
There are plenty of questions to be asked about Syria, not the least of which is why it took three months to decide Assad using chemical weapons was rotten enough for war. Yet Obama is uninterested in the consent of the governed, he’s interested in closing debate and doing as he pleases. Us little people haven’t been in the Situation Room so we really should just shut up and leave Obama alone. Say what you will about Bush and Iraq, at least we had a national debate about the issue. One that was welcomed and encouraged by the President. With Obama, he doesn’t want to be bothered explaining himself. He’s the President, in his mind he makes the decisions and we should just trust him. Barring that, we should just shut up and leave him alone.