You’ll have to forgive me; this one is going to be a little short and a little light on specific details, as I don’t really have the time to gather the appropriate source links on this one.
I didn’t watch Obama’s speech of press conference or whatever last night, because politicians don’t matter. That said, my understanding is that military intervention in Syria is now basically off the table, as some sort of deal has been struck where Syria will turn its chemical weapons over to Russia or something. Whatever. I don’t really care about the specifics of this. It’s their problem and none of my business really.
Good news, right? No military intervention! While I don’t trust Obama’s motivations one bit, I’ll certainly take it. Last week, I was demanding, “No war in Syria,” and that seems, for now, to be what I’m getting. I’m willing to give credit where credit is due. Regardless of why he did it, Obama apparently actually is following the will of the people. Good for him!
Unfortunately, many prominent voices in conservative media and political spheres seem incapable of being so gracious. Some of the same people who last week were blasting Obama for “trying to lead us into World War 3” are today blasting him for… well what, exactly? Caving to the Russians? Making “us” look weak? Going back on “our” word? Really?
My liberal readers can now take a moment to say, “I told you so.” It turns out that while I wanted to give a lot of these so-called conservative voices the benefit of the doubt and assume that they really were now anti-war, it turns out they were in fact merely anti-Obama all along. It’s sad really. This was a great opportunity for conservatives to prove the doubters wrong. To prove to skeptical libertarians that they really had turned a new leaf when it comes to foreign policy. That they were ready to embrace non-interventionism rather than an imperialist doctrine where America serves as the world’s police force.
It turns out that none of that was true at all. All they wanted was to bash Obama. They bashed him when they thought he was going to invade Syria, and now they bash him when it seems he’s not going to invade Syria. I have no love for Obama whatsoever, but this is the right decision, and he deserves some credit for making it, politics be damned.