This week President Obama removed all doubt that he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize by turning Republicans against war.
With polls showing majorities of Americans not in favor of any U.S. military action in Syria and the Tea Party’s entire existence being dedicated to being against anything President Obama is for, Republican after Republican has come out to say that they are opposed to a strike on Syria.
America has become skeptical of claims about weapons of mass destruction, skeptical that any war in the Middle East can be “won,” skeptical that the American government has anyone’s best interests at heart except the military-industrial complex that wins every time we fire a missile.
This skepticism can be traced back to exactly one event in human history: The Iraq War.
The premise, execution and fallout of the war that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney told us we had to wage in response to the 9/11 attacks turned out to be so faulty and toxic that it would be insane if America weren’t skeptical of another military engagement that had any similarities to Iraq.
Of course, any similarities are superficial and misleading.
Bush and Cheney spent more than a year selling America on the war. President Obama spent a similar amount of time keeping America out of Syria. There was no civil war or al-Qaeda in Iraq… until we invaded. A civil war has been raging in Syria for years with al-Qaeda and its barbarism becoming more prominent, as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad massacred tens of thousands of people around them. Reports about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction — especially its nuclear weapons program, which was the main justification for the war — were trumped up at best and falsified at worst. The evidence of chemical weapons being used in Syria is clear and leads to two simple questions: By whom? And why now?
But as the White House prepares to make its case that Assad has violated international norms and will do so again unless we engage in limited strikes, Karl Rove has a point to make.
Obama’s policies leave longing for decisive George W. RT if you agree. http://t.co/SkY7Go4yIY
— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) September 6, 2013
LOL. It looks like .0000009 percent of America agrees, Karl.