Obama is correct to demand a vote in Congress before attacking Syria.
BUT WHY HAS THIS TAKEN SO LONG, AND WHY ISN’T CONGRESS RETURNING FOR ANOTHER EIGHT DAYS?
Who knows? They should be called back yesterday if they’re going to do this. The Washington Post notes today:
Throughout the week, the Syrian army has been relocating troops and hardware from military bases into civilian buildings and neighborhoods, witnesses say. In the major cities of Homs and Damascus, soldiers have been arriving by the busload at university dormitories, and residents said artillery and tanks had been moved into residential areas.
If Obama had been in charge of planning the D-Day landing, we’d have attacked the Germans during the 1970s.
“Operation Slow Motion Pinprick looks likely to have the longest preparatory phase of any limited US military operation in history,” wrote Barry Pavel, a former national security official in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, according to Politico.
I can only conclude that the part of Obama that is indecisive, that abhors military action, that covets his Nobel Peace Prize, and that doesn’t really want to hit Syria despite the Red Line he drew, has kicked in. He knows that Congress may disapprove of the attack, and then he won’t have to do it. And if he does, he’ll have the comfort of knowing Congress is partially responsible for whatever might go wrong.
Based on a seance I conducted this morning with Dr. Sigmund Freud, I can only conclude, since I don’t think Obama particularly respects the Constitution, that his decision to allow Congress a role is based mostly on a loss of nerve. Now he can delay things and maybe be saved from making a decision if Congress opposes the attack.
That he went golfing right after making the statement Saturday is itself deeply Freudian, Freud noted in our conversation. It’s as if he said, Thank God, this is basically out of my hands now. I’m doing this, but I’m not really doing this. Now let’s go relax.
Freud’s diagnosis of Passive-Aggressive Syria-Policy Personality Disorder is one with which several modern psychologists I consulted with concurred.
He’s leading from behind again. Our enemies understand the lack of resolve. They can see into his subconscious, even if he can’t.
And while Obama’s on the golf course, Bashar Assad is hunkering down and he and his friends are preparing their response.