For years liberals mocked the Iraq War/September 11 connection. Now they’re suddenly ready to recognize Syria as the mastermind of September 11.
How else does one explain this pearl of wisdom from NBC’s Chuck Todd?
NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd told the hosts of MSNBC’s The Cycle warned that President Barack Obama may believe that seeking congressional authorization to attack Syria in the coming days would be counterproductive. The debate over a resolution would take too long and jeopardize too many Syrian lives.
Todd says that the Obama administration believes that the authorization to go to war after September 11th, passed in 2001, “loosely” authorizes Obama to attack Syria in response to their use of chemical weapons.
That’s fascinating. Because the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists states that it authorizes “the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.”
There’s grounds here for bombing Syria, but only those parts held by the Al Nusra Front and their Free Syrian Army allies who are closely linked to the Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood perpetrators of September 11.
But Todd is insisting that the authorization allows Obama to bomb Assad. That must mean he thinks that Syria was behind September 11.
The President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
Sure you could say that Syria harbored Al Qaeda. The evidence for that is as good as the evidence that Saddam harbored Al Qaeda.
But George W. Bush, that wacky gunslinging cowboy, asked Congress to approve the use of force in Iraq, instead of claiming that the AUMF let him go after Saddam.
Fortunately we have a law professor of some sort who knows better. The legal pretexts for Obama’s disastrous Libyan War were not even accepted by the White House lawyers who wrote them up. And this one is a doozy.
Unfortunately this time, Obama isn’t bombing Al Qaeda, he’s bombing the people Al Qaeda are fighting. It’s as if FDR used the declaration of war after Pearl Harbor to begin fighting Russia alongside Japan on the grounds that Japanese troops had once been in Japan.
It would certainly be a novel abuse of just about everything. That neatly sums up Obama. And the media, this is the sort of stuff you get from the media.
Obama can bomb Syria because something something September 11. This is the sort of thing they once loudly denounced and ridiculed. Now they are it.