Golly.Thank goodness for small mercies. It looks as if it's going to be a peaceful long weekend after all.
Apart from the roar of fighter jets flying low over my house on final approach to the nearby air show. Because there's nothing like being woken up by a CF-18 eh?
But at least the big Syrian Air Show has been temporarily grounded. Obama blinked, and that show has been postponed.
After staring deep into his political soul over Syria, Barack Obama blinked. Stunning his advisors, his opponents, and the rest of the world, Obama chose to rein in his own power, and asked Congress to authorize a military intervention he had been set to wage alone.
So Congress can share the burden of this decision, and the blame if things go wrong. Or just bite the car.
"Big move by (Obama). Consistent with his principles. Congress is now the dog that caught the car," said the president's political guru, David Axelrod on Twitter.
And Obama can live up to what he once believed in:
In 2007, Obama, a former constitutional law professor criticized ex-president George W. Bush for endless, unaccountable wars. "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," he told The Boston Globe.
Which makes him look
But leaves Stephen Harper looking like a warmonger AND a tin pot dictator.
Cheerleading for a missile strike, while refusing to consult Parliament. Even though backing Obama means defying the United Nations, and giving him international legitimacy for a move that could prove DISASTROUS.
By triggering an all-out regional war in the Middle East between the Syrians, the Israelis, the Iranians, the Lebanese, the Turks, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda, the Sunni and the Shia. And with the Russians on Assad's side.
Even lead us to the brink of World War Three.
When there may be better ways to help the Syrian people and bring down a war criminal.
Intervention in the domestic affairs of any sovereign country has to be consistent with international law. This applies to everyone – Arab despots and their sometime western allies, whose moral authority can be just as suspect. There is every reason to take action over murdered children but running the risk of killing even more in a kneejerk military campaign should not be one of them.
I realize many Canadians think this is now an American debate. But the opinions of other countries can influence that debate. Canada still can help slowdown the rush to war.
And just because Obama boxed himself in foolishly, we should not follow him blindly or slavishly. We need to let the American people know what the Canadian people think. And the best way to do that is to demand a free vote in Parliament.
The stakes are too high to be left up to this morally corrupt
Tame the cowboy maniac before he helps leads us all to catastrophe.
Recall Parliament NOW...
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