Monday, September 09, 2013

Can This War Be Stopped?

The world holds its collective breath as the President of the United States calls for military action in Syria, Congress debates the question, and the war-sickened American public asks: What’s next?

I’ll tell you what’s next.

1) The President dominates the airwaves with two days of interviews culminating in another Obama peroration in which Hitler, YouTube videos of dubious provenance, and "the children" all figure prominently.

2) The Senate votes shortly after the Presidential Peroration, perhaps as early as Wednesday: nearly two-thirds "yes," one-third "no." The House vote is delayed by Speaker Boehner in return for some minor concession on domestic policy (duly forgotten down the line).

3) Bombs rain down on Syria – many more than anyone imagined. After three days, the President announces Bashar al-Assad’s military has been sufficiently "degraded," at least for the moment. The House votes after the smoke clears: nobody notices.

4) Syria’s "moderate" jihadists take more territory, and edge closer to Damascus, all the while complaining US action wasn’t enough.

5) John Kerry says it’s time for a "peace conference" in Geneva. The rebels refuse to show up: so does Assad.

6) The rebel propaganda machine revs up its motors as yet another alleged Syrian atrocity is attributed to Assad. The President – wielding his 90-day blank check – strikes again.

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