"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Feb 8, 2012

In Case of Sobriety

The official from the State Department told The Daily Telegraph that while the White House wants to exhaust all its diplomatic options, the debate in Washington has shifted away from diplomacy and towards more robust action since Russia and China blocked a United Nations resolution condemning Syria.
The Pentagon’s Central Command has begun a preliminary internal review of US military capabilities in the region, which one senior official called a “scoping exercise” that would provide options for the president if and when they were requested.
The White House said it was talking to allies about holding a “Friends of Syria” meeting in the near future and was considering delivering humanitarian aid to affected areas in the country.

Y'know, in case the Israeli bat shit crazy fucks sober up and realize that attacking Iran is asking for too many domestic deaths.

Iran is committed to the territorial defense and integrity of Syria.

So, over/under on which anti-BushWar liberal will be the first to give a first-bombs defense of ObamaWar in Iran?


Weldon said...

"Look! Republicans!"

Troville said...

Kevin "I'd literally trust Obama's judgment over my own" Drum is always one of the first to fall into lockstep with Obummer's regime. 'Course, he was also apprehensively supportive of Bush's wars.


Richard said...

To answer your question: Markos, Arianna Huffington, Gloria Steinem, Eric Alterman, Melissa Harris-Perry.

It just depends who gets asked first, and who gets it reported the quickest.

Unknown said...

I read somewhere that from 52 to 63 percent of liberals shall root for war with Iran. Hypocrites.

Five by Five said...


b pretty much seems to think that an "intervention" in Syria is unavoidable at this point, or at least that's my reading of it.

The West is already backing a dog in this internal fight and a few more biased news reports or errant rocket attacks on Israel and I'm sure they'll get the bombing campaign they crave.

Jack Crow said...

Spent the whole day in the hospital. Narrows the focus, a wee bit.

Came home, tried not to think about my tests. Turned on the telly:

Syria. Syria. Syria. Syria. Iran. Syria. Iran. Iran. Missing white woman.

Teevee off.

I'd have long wagered that it was going to be an Israeli move, but I'm starting to believe Walter Wit Man was on to something (below) with the idea that there's a species of conspiracy going on, as a general rule of propaganda.

We've been so inundated with the Hormuz/Israeli angles to the Iran story that it sort of makes sense that the entrance to the problem (as it must seem in DC) is Syria.

Iran has deployed some the Quds* to Syria, to help Assad. That is, from one vantage, one hell of a misstep.

It could allow Obama to suggest that Syria is a seamless part of the Iranian whole, militarily. Plus, the Iranians are less than likely to hedge their commitment to Syria.

Also, Drum, Markos and H-P are great opening bets. I wouldn't wager against them.

* Quds to Iran