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September 8, 2013

Column: Ironies pile up in push for strike on Syria

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As noted earlier, it is also both ironic and amusing for Obama to give any weight at all to the legislative branch, which he has consistently treated, in both word and deed, with contempt. He has spent years ignoring not only the will of the “people’s representatives” but also any laws they pass or don’t pass that he finds inconvenient or not to his liking. His mantra has been, “If Congress will not act, I will.”

If Congress doesn’t pass immigration legislation he desires, he does it by unilateral executive order. If Congress doesn’t repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, he announces he will stop enforcing it. If some provisions of his signature law – Obamacare – might damage him politically, he unilaterally delays their implementation until after the mid-term elections.

As Brit Hume, of Fox News, put it, “Now (Obama) finds himself going hat in hand to obtain authority he had said he doesn’t need to engage in the kind of unilateral intervention he once decried.”

Then there is Obama’s “red line,” which, ironically enough, he suddenly claimed was no longer his red line. It is the world’s red line – humanity’s red line. Oh, the humanity!

It’s just that the inconvenient reality of audio and video undermines his effort to impose his reality distortion field on the rest of us. A year ago in August, the president said, “a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

There was nothing in that statement about Congress, the international community, the world or humanity.

Daniel Harper, writing in the Weekly Standard, also noted that an “unnamed White House official” said this past April in a conference call with reporters, “Keep in mind that he (Obama) is the one who laid down that (red line) marker.”

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