The Great Ad-Libbed Charade Diplomatic Solution to the Great Ad-libbed Syrian Crisis is hitting some rough spots. John Kerry is rejecting Assad’s one-month timetable to submit data on his chemical weapons. Apparently, Kerry is shocked to learn that the immediate turnover that he had proclaimed could never happen, is not going to happen.
When it finally becomes so clear that Assad and Putin are playing games that even the media gets it, what then? Go back to Congress? I doubt it. With useful idiots like John McCain and Lindsey Graham arguing that Obama could still bomb Syria, even without Congessional approval, Obama still obviously has unilateral action on the table. The idiots argue that Presidents have acted unilaterally many times before, citing a list of supposed precedents — even though, as Tom Woods notes:
[T]he great presidential scholar Edward S. Corwin pointed out that this lengthy list of alleged precedents consisted mainly of “fights with pirates, landings of small naval contingents on barbarous or semi-barbarous coasts, the dispatch of small bodies of troops to chase bandits or cattle rustlers across the Mexican border, and the like.”
To support their position, therefore, the neoconservatives and their left-liberal clones are counting chases of cattle rustlers as examples of presidential warmaking, and as precedents for sending millions of Americans into war with foreign governments on the other side of the globe.
This video is still relevant: Second City’s Kickstarter campaign to kickstart World War III, by Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants. My favorite is the Obama supporter who describes himself as a “scholar on social policy and a barista.”
Thanks to Simon Jester for that.