The Tao of Warmongering

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A day after Barack Hussein Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, he gave a press conference and responded to a question of what would happen if sanctions on Iran fail (more than they have already) by denouncing “those who are suggesting, or proposing, or beating the drums of war.”

On cue the Pravda press rushed to their iPads to begin tapping out the appropriate denunciations of Republican candidates, Netanyahu and American Jews for their warmongering. However, at that same press conference, Obama was careful to draw a distinction between Syria and Iran.

When asked whether his “window of diplomatic opportunity” and serious-face remarks about the “costs of war” applied to Syria as well as Iran, the peacemonger suddenly became the warmonger, asserting, “What’s happening in Syria is heartbreaking and outrageous, and what you’ve seen is the international community mobilize against the Assad regime.  And it’s not a question of when Assad leaves — or if Assad leaves — it’s a question of when.”

In Iran, Ahmadinejad and Khamenei get an endless window to repress their own people and build their nukes, while in Syria, Assad is told that it’s only a question of when he leaves. That’s not the kind of talk you use unless you mean to make him leave, one way or another, using the fig leaf of the international community, which can’t get a war vote through the UN, but can organize yet another Coalition of the Willing.

To the untrained ear this may sound a lot like the beating of war drums, but sophisticated types know that it’s actually the cowbell of peace jangling with the groovy beat of humanitarian vibes. Sure it may all end in bombs falling on Damascus, but they’ll be peace bombs painted rainbow colors by marines who have married each other in a special commitment ceremony.

Republicans make war, while Democrats make explosive peace, just like they did in Kosovo where there are still more American troops than there are in Iraq, a legacy of the Clinton Administration’s humanitarian bombmaking peace.

Now after years of sneering at Republicans, the Democrats have their own Axis of Evil list, they just  refuse to admit that they have it. Bombing countries on the list is a friendly act, which is why the current name for the Coalition of the Willing in Syria, is “Friends of Syria,” a name that would have given Orwell a fit. Bombing countries that aren’t on the list is irresponsible warmongering.

It’s a matter of transparent hypocrisy that the same voices who keep denouncing warmongering in Iran, want us to go into Syria. The difference between warmongering and a righteous humanitarian effort is a matter of political orientation, much like the difference between Iraq and Libya where we bombed a country to rid it of its dictator only to leave behind chaos and feuding factions. Or between Kony 2012 and drone strikes in Somalia.

Democrats don’t like the military, but they like their wars. Until the Gulf War, every significant war in the previous century had been initiated by Democratic presidents. They just didn’t like calling them wars. Korea was a “police action” and in Vietnam we were just there as advisers. No wars to see here. Libya officially wasn’t a war, it was just one of those things where we bombed a country for several months until we tracked down and helped kill its leader. If we go into Syria, it certainly won’t be as a war, we’ll be keeping the peace through a war, bombing the village to save the village.

In the 20th century, there has hardly been a single Democratic president who didn’t bring America into a war. Woodrow Wilson had WW1, Franklin Roosevelt had WW2, Truman had Korea, JFK and LBJ had Vietnam, Bill Clinton had Yugoslavia and Obama has Libya. Only Carter was the odd man out, though he did begin supplying the Afghan Mujahideen with weapons which helped bring us into the current conflict.

With a record like that you would think that the Democrats would at least leave the peace signs and flowers at home. Some of their wars were necessary and some weren’t, but they are responsible for the lion’s share of the wars that we have been in.

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  • maturin20

    "Limited existential conflicts", Daniel? Following the national interest? A better, purer sort of war? You're pretty solid on newspeak yourself. "We have always been at war with the Muslim world." Israel can be Desertbase One.

    • Roger

      So many words, so few ideas.

      You are consistent.
      Obama knows that showing weakness emboldens muslim militants. And he continues to do so.
      His muslim heritage shows more every day, and his lack of loyalty to us more obvious with each slip.

      • maturin20

        Gads, they're bold, those militants. They're so bold, they must have the whitest tees around. What is with our C-in-C, doesn't he want to scrub the world clean?

        • Roger

          The little voices in your head.

          Do you ever serve them tea and crumpets?

          • maturin20

            I used to, until UK installed video cameras inside of every tea and every crumpet. Now the voices come from light posts and they speak cockney.

  • Ken

    At least he is consistent, Roger. One good quality among all bile!!

    • maturin20

      Don't forget the choler.

      • Roger

        Do the the little voices in your head just chatter in your down time?

        • maturin20

          It worked for Joan of Arc.

          • Roger

            Did she need tampons?

          • maturin20

            The French invented tampons.

          • kentatwater

            maturin20 (retired) posting as "iseeyou" sez:

            kentatwater…before they wipe this, I want you to know that having me banned in order to get out of having to answer for yourself is the height of cowardice. You're a hypocrite…and you know it.

            Have a blessed day you cultic douchebag.

            How appropriate that your penultimate post to this forum,
            was one about another feminine hygiene product. Heh.

            It's a fitting epitaph, I think. You will always be remembered thus.

  • Matt

    Assad will be safe for 30 years just like his old man, one corpse is one year of the regime his old man killed 30,000 stability for 30 years. I question the rationality to call for the Iranians to go back onto the streets, especially after they got the treatment in 2009/10 and have seen how bad it can get in Syria. The opposition is there in Iran, so Barry wants to send them out to be slaughter by Iran like in 2009 or worst case the Syrian model. In which case there will be no one left and the regime will be safer for another 30 years. Even if sanctions bought down the regime (unlikely) if Barry slaughters the opposition we will end up with another form of clerical rule or other hardliners because the moderates will all be dead. Peres I put it down to being desperate, Dagan I don't know what he thinks anymore, Barry why do you want the Iranian opposition slaughtered? Because he has no intention of helping them like he left the Syrians to be slaughtered.

  • Matt

    I got a list for all those that do not airbrush history
    1. Iraq handed to Iran
    2. No military intervention in relation to the Iranian bomb, (no more covert stuff) Iran gets the bomb.
    3. Hizbullah will have 100,000 rockets point at Israel by the end of his second term.
    4. The Afghan debate in 2009, putting restrictions on the military in relation to the planning, Afghanistan will be a safe haven for al-Qaida again. In fact he stayed a year longer and gave the military less they wanted, just more dead US soldiers for no reason. We were not give what we need to win, we all agree on that.
    5. Egypt makes Mubarak go hands the country to the radicals, peace treaty.
    6. He will force a deal in his second term West Bank will turn into Gaza.
    7. As Rumfeld said Libya was a side show compared to Syria, failed revolution allowed a key ally in the axis of evil to survive and crushed any change for another 30 years.
    8. After be told repeatedly not to enter Tripoli, they go in and open up all the caches of the crack units proliferation of weapons mainly into the hands of the resistance.
    9. A softer stance against Hamas and the Gaza blockade after the Turkey stunt, having to so "restraint" to the rocket fire. End result as with the north the arsenal in Gaza Strip is of a larger size than prior to Cast Lead and of better capability due to Tripoli.
    10. Failed revolution in 2009 in Iran and he wants to send what is left of the opposition out to be sluaghtered, so if sanction did bring down the regime (unlikely) there will be no moderates left and Iran as will Syria has secured another 30 years of rule.
    I could go on that is just the Mid East and Western Asia.

  • Spinoneone

    Add to that the fact that he is preparing another power grab, this one to be based on a new declaration of "national defense emergency." Of course, no one defines what that would entail or what the trigger(s) would be. If you don't believe me, just take a look at this Executive Order, issued 3/16/2012, which may appear to be innocuous, but most definitely is not.

  • Dispozadaburka

    Speaking of the Tao of War…
    On March 26th, Obama is organizing prayer vigils for Obamacare (according to the NY TIMES) summoning organizations to "build support for the law seen as Obama's signature legislative achievement"
    (Dhimmi Tax)
    The organizers plan a prayer vigil. press conferences, and other events outside the Court when Justices hear arguments for three days beginning March 26th. Their goal…."to shape public opinion."

    On March 26th the nine Justices of the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Law" cases. Their deliberations will include many of the key components of Liberty Counsel's lawsuit against Obamacare. The Courts ruling in June will impact every business, healthcare facility, health insurer, and most importantly every individual in American.
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  • mrbean

    The first day he was in the Oval Office, Obama removed a bust of a war hero Winston Churchill (the only foreigner to hold an official honorary American citizenship and sent it back to England. Obama is a gutless coward and a narcisstic egomaniac who thinks he can charm talk his way out of anything. To paraphrase Churchill: ""If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of victory. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, and only a small chance of survival." Muslims have no respect for we infidels or our western culture. Fine, then they should be made to greatly fear us.

    • tagalog

      Regarding Islam, history tells us two things: (1) Islam, in its mainstream expression, preaches hatred and conquest of all non-Muslims; and (2) Muslims, whether Arabs or otherwise, understand the application of successful violence against them and will submit to it once they are thoroughly beaten.

      • Roger

        It's what they have to do, if they want to be good muslims.

        9:5 Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

  • tagalog

    Obama says the international community has "mobilized against Assad." How exactly have they mobilized? When are their mobilized forces going to cross the Syrian border? Oh wait, maybe it's the blockade and sanctions imposed against Syria — oh wait, there aren't any. So what mobilization is Obama talking about? The one in his imagination?

    So, unlike Vietnam and like Libya, the civil war being fought entirely within the state borders of Syria are an event that calls for U.S. intervention? So how does the Syrian situation impact on U.S. security?

    We still have troops in Kosovo? They were deployed over there at some point during the Clinton administration, 1995 or so, wasn't it? They were going to be there for a year, as I recall Bill Clinton saying. And what's the status now, seventeen years later? Still there, boss…

  • steven L

    “The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Nile TV.

    • trickyblain

      Except no person has come forth with the video. Or any evidence, for that matter. And the one person ( a bloggers wife) who claims to have heard the statement while watching Egyptian TV (for some reason) does not speak a word of Arabic.

  • BLJ

    I am going to start referring to the Dear Leader as: Hussein Obama. The shortened name fits him like a glove.

  • Choi

    Actually TODAY's WARS are in large part courtesy of JIMMY-BOY CARTER who was MIDWIFE of THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of IRAN.

  • Flowerknife_us

    The Press never lets OUR side kill enough of the enemy to bring the conflict to any resolution. "peace keeping" between 2 sides still in conflict just drags the inevitable to a later date.

  • Schlomotion

    it is a weird lie of omission to say "Only Carter was the odd man out, though he did begin supplying the Afghan Mujahideen with weapons which helped bring us into the current conflict."

    That is an oddly hollow way to describe the way in which the Cold War was ended. Does the author feel as though the world would be a much better place if the Soviets had not gotten bogged down in Afghanistan at the US's pleasure?