Breaking: Obama to address nation on Tuesday

posted at 10:26 am on September 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

And so we come full circle in the Era of Hope and Change.  Originally campaigning as an anti-interventionist and an internationalist, Barack Obama will address the nation to argue for starting a new war unilaterally — and to argue that the UN is useless.  And he’ll do it on the day before the anniversary of 9/11 and Benghazi:

Why not take the case to the UN first? Obama sounds a lot more like the conservatives he used to deride, even though George Bush at least forced the UN to answer for the issue of Iraq:

That’s been true for decades, although it’s progress of a sort to see a progressive acknowledge it.

More from the Associated Press:

President Barack Obama says he will address the nation about Syria on Tuesday as he seeks public and congressional authority for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Obama wants to strike against the Syrian regime in response to a chemical attack on civilians last month that the Obama administration says was carried out by Assad’s military. Obama says failing to chemical weapons use would , quote, “send a signal to rogue nations.”

The question will be, of course, whether this will do any good at all.  An Oval Office speech (or perhaps East Wing, but the Oval Office is the obvious choice) has great emotional impact, but then again, so does committing an act of war against a nation that hasn’t attacked us.  Obama said in his presser that he knew the argument would be a “heavy lift,” but the polling shows a broad consensus in opposition to another American military adventure in the Middle East, perhaps especially one that has already demonstrated the kind of mission creep most Americans would fear.

What Obama hopes to get out of this speech may not be a big change in the electorate, but political cover for fellow Democrats who are publicly expressing skepticism over the authorization.  That skepticism is being oversold as opposition when it’s really more a way to sell a later change as reluctant and necessary.  Having the President ask for authorization is the one event in which those soft nays will become reluctant ayes.  Watch for the whip counts to swing dramatically afterward — because if they don’t, this will become a de facto vote of no confidence in the Commander in Chief even among his own party.

Update: Here’s a transcript of Obama on UN Security Council paralysis:

Where there is a division has to do with the United Nations. You know, there are a number of countries that, just as a matter of principle, believe that if military action is to be taken, it needs to go through the U.N. Security Council. There are others — and I put myself in this camp, as somebody who is a strong supporter of the United Nations — who very much appreciates the courage of the investigators who have gone in and looks forward to seeing the U.N. report, because I think we should try to get more information, not less, in this situation — it is my view and a view that was shared by a number of people in the room that given Security Council paralysis on this issue, if we are serious about upholding a ban on chemical weapons use, then an international response is required, and that will not come through Security Council action.

And that’s where I think the division comes from. And I respect those who are concerned about setting precedence of action outside of a U.N. Security Council resolution. You know, I would greatly prefer working through multilateral channels and through the United Nations to get this done.

But ultimately, what I believe in even more deeply because I think that the security of the world, and my particular task, looking our for the national security of the United States, requires that when there’s a breach this brazen of a norm this important, and the international community is paralyzed and frozen and doesn’t act, then that norm begins to unravel. And if that norm unravels, then other norms and prohibitions start unraveling, and that makes for a more dangerous world, and that then requires even more difficult choices and more difficult responses in the future.

If that’s true, then why not force the UNSC to reject Obama and expose that paralysis?  Why let Russia (and China, too) off the hook?  George Bush did that much even though he had justification with twelve years of violations to the 1991 cease-fire and the genocidal acts of Saddam Hussein against both the Shi’ites and the Marsh Arabs.  Politicians like Obama pilloried him as a cowboy unilateralist for moving forward after that with a coalition that was much larger than what Obama has right now, which consists of France and a handful of cheerleaders in the cheap seats.


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Oh goodie!
Will he put his feet on the Resolute Desk and scratch his nose with his middle finger?
Nobody, outside of the loony fringe who would follow this idiot over a cliff, wants to hear what he has to say. It will only be more of the same, boring, untrue, cover-my-a$$ rhetoric.

maryo on September 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Obama shot off his mouth and Assad called his bluff. Now the great community organizer is hoping the congress and the world will cover his butt. Sorry chump you own this amateur hour. Syria is a bunch of bad guys fighting other bad guys and the US has no interest in this civil war. The whole politics of this is pathetic.

Ellis on September 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Obama: “I blame Bush. I blame Republicans. I blame Congress. I blame the Russians. I blame the UN.
I blame the guy that did not set up the Teleprompter for me so that I said that blundering cross the Red Line thing.”

And then he went out for a round of golf…

albill on September 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Sounds like Jake from the Blues Brothers, “It’s not my fault

mechkiller_k on September 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

However I am very much pro-Israel and I believe that Israel is our biggest ally in the region… mnjg on September 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Ok, then, I’m reiterating it for you, let Israel strike Syria…they can spare us going into this silly war, while at the same time save Obozo’s tumefied face :) (all that figurative punchin’ from Putin left a mark, ouch :)…

jimver on September 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Operation Mom Jeans
Operation Nottobe Mocked

maryo on September 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

You know…

… Being lied to for the past five and a half years has kind of lost it’s charm.

Seven Percent Solution on September 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Knave or fool?
BOTH

francesca on September 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

In my best Dick Cheney voice, “Go fluke yourself Mr. President

wkh on September 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Say, Captain?

Could I ask a favor? Could you stop using that picture of “The Boy Genius” with his petulant little foot on the President’s desk, please?

It’s making me really want to kick my cat and break things.

a5minmajor on September 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Get your freaking foot off the desk ass hole.

Bmore on September 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

I think we should try to get more information, not less, in this situation — it is my view and a view that was shared by a number of people in the room…

Is he on crack? Again???

WHo the hell is making the case for LESS information??

Maddie on September 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Get your freaking foot off the desk ass hole.

Bmore on September 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

And stop sitting on it too. YOu have a freakin’ chair that you ordered special to commemorate your Unique Presidential Awesomeness. Use it!

Maddie on September 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Lolz! ; )

Bmore on September 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

If his lips are moving he’s lying…. nuff said…

sandee on September 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

You said “lips”…..RRRAAAACCCIISSSTTT!!!

DethMetalCookieMonst on September 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

No, he clearly did not say “his big fat blackity-black lips”. No racism here!

Nutstuyu on September 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Barry can lie without moving his lips.

And let’s not forget his real reason for getting rid of Assad. Caliphate!

Xavier on September 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

…liar liar moms pants on fire!

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Does anyone remember this guy?

Alberta_Patriot on September 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Egypt eyes Obama’s brother for terror list

By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack

Several prominent Egyptian media sources are reporting that Malik Obama, half-brother to President Barack Obama is quickly becoming a person of interest in that country relative to his role with the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO) – based in bordering Sudan – and the larger Muslim Brotherhood umbrella group. Complaints have been filed with Egypt’s Prosecutor General that call for Malik to be put on Egypt’s terror watch list and brought in for questioning about his role in financing terrorism.

Akzed on September 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

And stop sitting on it too. YOu have a freakin’ chair that you ordered special to commemorate your Unique Presidential Awesomeness. Use it!

Maddie on September 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

That chair is empty for a reason. For details I refer you to Clint Eastwood :)…

jimver on September 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Barky needs to make his usual call to Harvard and ask them to “fix” it like his grades, etc.

viking01 on September 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Too late for Zero to do this. No one will watch, probably not even Aunty Zeituni.

He’s trying to drive us to the most unpopular conflict of US History and that’s saying something.

Will the libtrolls all jump out windows or will they stop acting stupid and join us opposing this stupidity? Or will they stand hypocritically by their messiah?

dogsoldier on September 6, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Wonder if he’ll quote passages from the Koran…again?

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM

VDH reminds us of a lesson that Barack Obama has yet to learn – and one that will raise it’s head yet again after Tuesday’s address….

Hubris begets Nemesis

Here’s an interesting commentary in the LA Times from 1986 about Hubris and Nemesis. It focuses on an unsavory trio of foreign leaders. But where those names are referenced, what if we substituted Barack Obama?

Or in this quote of the last two paragraphs…

How does the hubris-nemesis complex govern behavior? It means that to varying degrees Castro, Kadafi and Khomeini must present themselves as virtual messiahs who have a special destiny to revolutionize history. They may propose monumental projects and societal changes that seem constructive and benevolent to their own subjects. Yet their vision depends on wreaking a great deal of destructive vengeance abroad, and that is what consumes their passions.

It means that they espouse high ideals that rationalize violence. Moral goals may seem to prevail over material goals in their schemes. Yet even as they try to offer something great to love (the revolution), they offer something even greater to hate (the United States). They thrive on high-minded rhetoric, the ability to shift blame to others, the politics of polarization and violence.

Indoctrinated by Frank Marshall Davis, at Occidental, Columbia, Harvard, Alinsky, Cloward-Piven – surrounded by Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, and other modern day Jacobins on the left of progressivism – has fundamental challenges with the US, it’s values, and it’s actions / reputation throughout the world.

This is a nation that needed Barack Obama for ‘fundamental change’ – and from that Hubris, and the Hubris we are going to see in Obama’s rhetoric on Tuesday, is going to bring on more Nemesis.

Athos on September 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Lord, does he really believe his magical speaking ability will change people’s minds on this? I’m not even sure most people will watch. They’ll just check in after to see the news reports of what he said. Public opinion had jelled on this. Once again, he dithered too long. This time, that’s in America’s favor.

idalily on September 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

The operative meme is now, “The enemy of my enemy is my enemy too.” Likely should have been that in the past too.

Dasher on September 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

While the relative impunity that the Assad regime has enjoyed in Syria is the focus of those in power in Washington, and the media is wailing over attrocities overseas, many of us would rather see vigorious action taken against the tens of thousands of ” non citizen ” gang members and leaders who terrorize the major cities and now the small towns that have become sanctuaries for horrific crimes against citizens in this country. From the Slavery that is now re-emerging, to the murder of children for gang initiations and the random rape of victims to prove street creds, America is facing a challenge that has too long been swept under the rug of diversity and dreaming. As the rememberance of MLK’s speech quickly fades from our leaders lips, let us work together to procure the promise for our citizens and children that he dreamed of!

duncantwn on September 7, 2013 at 4:31 AM

“I would gladly speechify on Tuesday, for an arugula burger today.”

Barack Wimpy Hussein Obama, Jr.

Jaibones on September 7, 2013 at 7:41 AM

And so we come full circle in the Era of Hope and Change.  Originally campaigning as an anti-interventionist and an internationalist, Barack Obama will address the nation to argue for starting a new war unilaterally — and to argue that the UN is useless.

Seems more of a 180 to me, Ed. Full circle would put him back to his original position.

socalcon on September 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

‘Evolving’…meh. At least Bill held a moistened index finger ( ok, don’t go there) in the air before ‘leading’.

socalcon on September 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

If he’s smart(!), he’ll find a way to tell people that against all odds he’s finally convinced everyone that striking Syria is a bad idea. He’ll wonder why his opponents took so long to get to that conclusion!

But he’s not smart. He’ll double-down as he always does.

virgo on September 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Cannot believe Michelle lets this uncultured buffoon put his feet on an a priceless antique. Guessing her mama didn’t raise her right.

Cannot believe that the White House would release this photo as an official photo. Are these people stupid, or are they trying to sabotage The One?

Cannot believe that this president would want to show the world his bird legs like this. But, then he wears shorts when playing golf. Could he possibly think bird-wheels are sexy?

WestTexasBirdDog on September 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Ok, then, I’m reiterating it for you, let Israel strike Syria…they can spare us going into this silly war, while at the same time save Obozo’s tumefied face :) (all that figurative punchin’ from Putin left a mark, ouch :)…

jimver on September 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The only reason Israel wants the US to strike Syria is that not doing so AFTER Obama set the red lines AND said that he’ll actually strike, is sending a very strong message to Iran.

Whatever Israel has involved itself in Syria’s civil war (and at some level, it has), has been done secretly and out of the public eye. Because THAT does have to do with Israel’s national interest.

By not attacking Syria immediately when he said he would, Obama is actually encouraging Israel to attack unilaterally on the Iranian issue (assuming they actually can), because they now know the US cannot be relied upon.

Phoenician on September 8, 2013 at 1:34 AM

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