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Proving Their Manhood in Syria

The “helmeted bike rider” wants a war.

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Robert Spencer

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September 9, 2013 - 10:55 am
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The controversy over whether the U.S. should intervene militarily in Syria has become more about proving manhood than about chemical weapons, al-Qaeda, or geopolitics. Each side appears to be more intent on proving that they’re men than in doing the right thing by Syria, or anyone else, for that matter.

First and foremost is Barack Obama, whom Pamela Geller has indelibly dubbed the “helmeted bike rider.” His international coalition against Syria did not materialize; even the British refused to go along, for the first time in anyone’s memory. The French, who alone had pledged to go along, are now hesitating. And for good reason: Obama still has not been able to provide convincing proof that Assad launched the chemical weapons that made him want to attack Syria in the first place.

His supporters, meanwhile, appear increasingly ridiculous. His secretary of State insists that the Syrian rebels are mostly secular, contradicting intelligence reports from both the U.S. and Europe. His former opponent and now stalwart servant on the other side of the aisle, John McCain, has just as risibly promised that the Syrian rebels, whom even the New York Times has acknowledged are dominated by al-Qaeda, are “moderates.”

Obama has even admitted that “we may not be directly imminently threatened by what’s taking place” in Syria. May not be? There is no conceivable calculus by which we are directly imminently threatened by what’s taking place in Syria, but McCain’s sidekick, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, did his level best to come up with something, hysterically claiming that if the U.S. didn’t attack Syria, Iran might nuke Charleston Harbor.

The hysteria was a sign of desperation. Exposed, abandoned, and bereft of a case, Obama should have backed down. But he couldn’t, because it would have been a sign of weakness. Obama’s weakness has already been abundantly demonstrated, but seldom this nakedly and pointedly, and so he charged ahead, trying and failing to drum up support for his Syrian misadventure at the G-20 summit. The helmeted bike rider had to prove that he was a real man, a strong man, even if it meant any number of dead Syrians, and the U.S. allying with al-Qaeda.

In light of all that, it was hard to argue with Vladimir Putin’s charge that “what Congress and the U.S. Senate are doing in essence is legitimizing aggression.” Aggression is precisely the response of an aggrieved and insecure man to a challenge to his manhood.

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Picture above is ironic. The mulatto Mussolini, it's spouse, daughters (and it's selectively identified "sons") are a far greater threat to the U.S. than Syria.
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Remember when commentators would use the phrase "chickenhawk" about those who pushed for war.

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Then what of a hawk chicken?
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Picture above is ironic. The mulatto Mussolini, it's spouse, daughters (and it's selectively identified "sons") are a far greater threat to the U.S. than Syria.
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His daughter are not a threat. Nor will they be unless they enter politics like Chelsea Clinton and espouse leftist ideals. Nor will will they have the free ride to the ballot box like Obama. So let's leave his daughter out of it.
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Isn't it now time for Congress and Judiciary to take the bull by the horns?
To notice "the elephant in the room"?

To examine and prove whether this BH Obama is legally entitled to be Commander - in - Chief of these United States of America? To embroil the nation in another of those endless "entanglements in foreign places" with who knows what costs in tiime, treasury and blood.

Lest we forget this BH Obama as virtual first act on taking the Chair of Executive sealed documents, what and why, from the public. While holding an office in that public's trust. Is this of no concern to members of the Legislature and Judiciary?

The Office of President, as well as those of Congress/Senate and Judiciary, is not after all only about a pretty face, good speech, glamourous cheerleaders and "popularity"..

This USA is reputed a "Country of Law". A Republic NOT a monarchy or oligarchy.

AND it is the responsibility, the duty, of members of the Legislature and Judiciary co-equal in powers to the Executive who swear/affirm by freely taken oath to "Uphold and Defend that Law". The Fundamental Law the Constitution.

Isn't it tiime they did just that by examining Obama's legal right to hold the Office of President in compliance with that "fundamental law"? Now especially when he proposes to send citizens to war.
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MB4's post on PLM by Ledeen and a read of Greenfield's on FRP magazine are apt.

Repeating myself - The little schoolyard loudmouth, with any sensitivity to his always being different or a "new kid" and from an odd family, has to now "take it like a man" for one of the first times in his life.

Except he gets to do it in front of the whole world of grown-ups with long memories and not just short attention spans, not 3rd graders.

Hey Harvard Law Review, everyone sensed what you were and were not years ago. Quit proving it over and over.

[And everybody - Wearing a bike helmet at any speed or surface is good sense. Maniless is not being stupid, but is taking responsibilities and risks on behalf of your own. His wearing a helmet with his kids wearing them, too, just might be one of the few identifiable being a good example things ever identified in the fraud and malignant phony.]
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You're hallucinating. Short of revolution, it will never face or accept the negative consequences of it's actions. In it's world, consequences are for others.
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He does stay in good shape. But so would everybody if they did not have any commute and started their work day at 10:00AM. And had their own personal chef.
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Wrong: it's the golf.

And it's not that he starts his work day at 11 o'clock -- it's that he ends it at 4 o'clock; in sum: a full day!
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The Emperor has no clothes - but he's wearing a helmet.
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Rock, that is a very disgusting image. I can't finish my breakfast now.
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Well, take consolation in the fact that Michelle would be proud of you for showing some restraint on your food intake.
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"Operation Manhood" is perfect. If the fools should go forward one can only hope that is the name history applies to the venture.
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