"Driftglass" is at it again. In this case, he's apparently elaborating on something that Digby said.
Well, let's take care of Digby first.
I don't know why it's so important for people to believe that the president is a Jedi Master but he clearly isn't. However he is willing to change course (on foreign policy anyway) when an opportunity presents itself and I think that's praiseworthy in itself, particularly after our last experience with a stubborn president determined to go to war no matter what. I think it's a good thing that they can take advantage of an unseen possibility.Ahem. Obama's stupid desire to attack Syria is not some hermetically sealed event, completely separate from the last TWELVE YEARS OF WAR. Obama's dodgy case of hypocrisy and lies, are a continuation of bush II's hypocrisy and outright lies. They come after over a decade of corruption, torture and failure. On top of this, this desire to spend hundreds of millions (perhaps billions if the US were to put boots on the ground in Syria) was being voiced while the vast majority of US Americans suffer stagnant or declining incomes and are fleeced by both Washington and Wall Street. The people of the world are sick of the wars, sick of the lies, sick of the hypocrisy and sick of the evil. The vote against the government by the British Parliament was perhaps the strongest manifestation of this sentiment.
Obama retreating in the face of this overwhelming rejection is not a sign of mental flexibility and a willingness to change. It's an acknowledgment of harsh reality.
Furthermore, Obama is being faced with a united front of Russia and China; two great military powers with Security Council vetoes, who are no longer willing to lose influence in the region.
Furthermore, Obama (unlike a Repugnican) is faced with a political opposition who will not shrink from the massive hypocrisy needed to go from condemning him for being weak if he doesn't bomb Syria to condemning him for violating the Constitution if he ignores Congress and does attack Syria and therefore demands that he consult Congress so that they can vote against him.
Obama, through his own stupidity, got himself into this mess, and as reality made it abundantly clear, it was going to be a horrible disaster. That Secretary of State Kerry bumbled his way into giving Putin a chance to pull their nuts out of the fire (Kerry was taking questions from British journalists who asked him "gasp!" a genuine question) is no testimony to Obama's pragmatism and reasonableness. The man is an idiot and war-monger who just found out that you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Now then, on to Driftglass and another of his hysterical rants against Glenn Greenwald and other principled critics of his hero, Obama:
But I also have to ask why it's so important for other people to believe that President Dronekill McWorse-Than-Boosh is a war-hungry sociopath but he clearly isn't?Why the need to make it less than it is?Because there sure as hell seems to be a lot of people dining out on the theory that President Obama just fucking loves to indiscriminately bomb innocent civilians. For kicks. Especially when those innocent civilians are children or American citizens just puttering around minding their own damn business. It sure as hell seems as though a lot of my friends on the Left with fairly large megaphones are irrevocably invested in the notion that President Obama is defined by an unalloyed contempt for the rule of law, and feels compelled to act only because he is thrall of shadowy Pentagon plotters who invented the entire country of "Syria" out of whole cloth just to help goose up their budgets.
Just listen to the imbecile! So, just because Obama murders people with a tear in his eye, he's all right in your books Driftglass? Is that it? Because Obama DOES murder people. He murdered a 16-year old American citizen (non-citizens have even less legal rights to life than do American citizens in the eyes of US American presidents) and several others, after he'd murdered the boys father. He murdered the boy's father for doing nothing more than speaking out against criminal US American governments. He murdered that man for doing what the SCOTUS had already said was permissible. Obama is a murderer. And his drone policy is mass-murder. End of story.
Okay? This is a goddamned FACT. This wasn't an act of war. This was the open assassination of a US American citizen. MURDER.
Anyone who can't process this simple fact is an absolute dunce who doesn't deserve a respectful hearing.
Driftglass continues to whine:
It sure as hell seems as though a lot of my friends on the Left with fairly large megaphones are irrevocably invested in the notion that President Obama is defined by an unalloyed contempt for the rule of law
What's that? Suggesting that Obama has contempt for the rule of law is out of line? The torturing Obama? The Obama who defied Congress and implemented [disastrous] regime change in Libya? The Obama who believes he has the right to kill his fellow citizens because he subjects them to a [secret] "process" before he murders them? The Obama who invites coddled Wall Street super-criminals into his administration?
It doesn't sure as hell seem as though a lot of your friends are invested in that notion Driftglass, it's a goddamned fact! Because he DOES hold the rule of law in contempt. You stupid jackass.
and feels compelled to act only because he is thrall of shadowy Pentagon plotters who invented the entire country of "Syria" out of whole cloth just to help goose up their budgets.
Whereas you think yourself intelligent for asserting that Obama actually gives a shit about murdering innocents with poison gas? That this is US American idealism and Obama sees himself as a guardian of human rights around the world? You fucking moron.
The sickening level of stupidity displayed by so many "progressives" as they allow themselves to be hoodwinked by Obama for six fucking years, destroys my faith in the human species to recognize and save itself from disaster and suicide.