Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, 2002. “War is not an option.”
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Bernie Sanders is a skeptic on Syria.
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Skeptical? We don’t believe a word you say.
General Petreaus backs Syria war. Well, there you go. With the support of him and Rumsfeld, Obama got himself a coalition
of the willing chomping at the bit.
If the crisis is as important (and as imminent) as the president says it is, then he should have just let fly, and he should have signed on with John McCain, instead of telling us that he’s going to bomb Assad to the table in Geneva, and that he went to Congress for whatever justification he’s talking about here. I think, if they vote him down, he’s going to strike anyway, and I think there will be hell to pay in the Congress once he does. Right now, the argument for war seems to be that we have to do something, because Norms are falling and children are dead, and this is what we need to do because we’re not really trying to involve ourselves in a civil war, and we’re not sending troops, and that isn’t really making war or taking sides.
This is an administration that can’t even say out loud that dropping hundreds of cruise missiles is making war in a place. The longer the muddle, the more hell there will be to pay, and the best thing for everyone to do right now is nothing. Charlie Pierce