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September 8, 2013

Column: Ironies pile up in push for strike on Syria


Along the same line, there is the irony of Obama claiming that this is the world’s red line when nobody else in the world except the French is calling for military consequences against Assad. He can’t even get the support of our most steadfast ally – Great Britain.

There is the irony of the administration being so focused on punishing Assad for the use of chemical weapons when, as a number of historians have noted, the U.S. didn’t make much of a fuss back in the 1980s when Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran. True, Ronald Reagan, a Republican, was the president then – Obama was decades away from taking office. Still, if the “credibility” of the U.S. is at stake in such a circumstance, surely it has been shattered for nearly 30 years.

And, of course, there is the irony of Kerry, who launched his political career 42 years ago by smearing his fellow Vietnam soldiers, now advocating what he scorned when former Secretary of State Colin Powell was making the case for invading Iraq.

This is the John Kerry who said, while running to unseat President George W. Bush in 2004, that U.S. military intervention in another country should require “a global test.”

Now Kerry is insisting that the U.S. should go it alone because of a moral imperative that hardly any other nation is willing to support, let alone enforce.

So much for “community” for the community organizer. If Obama finds himself isolated, both domestically and internationally, it is thanks to his own doing.

Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net

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