You see, things are getting a little hot on the domestic front what with IRS-gate (probably no there there), AP/Fox-Gate (it’s bad to spy on reporters), NSA-gate (Hey, no big. We’re spying on everybody!), and the various policy failures (No Grand Bargain for YOU! Mr. Deficit- he dead).
So we need a distraction. Something that will revive that good old mindless U-S-A! U-S-A! chanting spirit.
I’ve got it! How about another Middle Eastern war?
U.S. Confirms Syrian Government’s Use Of Chemical Weapons
By Hayes Brown, ThinkProgress
Jun 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm
The United States on Thursday confirmed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people, ending weeks of uncertainty over precisely who had unleashed the deadly agents.
That uncertainty apparently no longer exists within the U.S. intelligence community. According to a statement from the White House, the intelligence community now with a high-degree of confidence “estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapons attacks.” The White House also indicated that the United States is “going to make decisions about further action on our own timeline.”
President Obama has long called the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime a “red-line,” one that would be met with unspecified consequences if it were to be crossed. The determination that the line has been crossed has led to the Obama administration finally deciding to provide more and greater types of support to the Syrian rebels in their attempts to overthrow Assad.
On a call with reporters, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Obama has decided to give the rebels “military support,” but refused to directly say whether the U.S. had decided to arm Syria’s rebels, saying he was unable to detail every type of support the Syrian rebels will be receiving. Rhodes stressed, however, that this aid would be “responsive” to the requests of the Syrian Military Council and that it would be “substantively different” in “both scope and scale than what we have provided before.” The Obama administration has mulled arming the rebels for months now without pulling the trigger, instead insisting on only providing non-lethal aid.
Gee, didn’t we arm Osama Bin Ladin and Saddam Hussein?
What could possibly go wrong?