Last night, September 10th 2013, I suffered six minutes of the US President, Barack Obama, attempting to make his case for waging war on Syria.
After six minutes had passed I could stand to watch and listen no more. What he said in the remainder of his fifteen minute speech became irrelevant. The phrase “supercilious claptrap” was invading my brain. To suggest that by using chemical weapons the Syrian regime was somehow putting the world at risk, that “terrorists” might get hold and make use of them is so absurd as to be laughable, were the situation not so serious.
Syria has had huge stockpiles of chemical weapons for years. The West has never considered them such a threat before. Anyway, any Middle East terrorist worth his salt could lay hands on such weapons easily, without going near Syria. There is already some evidence the sarin gas used in Syria of late was supplied to Jihadist rebels by Saudi Arabia.
Prior to President Obama’s TV appearance I had just watched an interview with Andrew Bacevich, on the Syrian situation. Bacevich was a long time soldier and is now Professor of History at Boston University. Frankly, listening to President Obama after hearing the wisdom of Bacevich, was akin to switching channels from a top quality documentary to a third-rate reality show.
I don’t often submit long videos for Sparrow Chat readers, but I promise you thirty minutes spent listening to Phil Donahue and Andrew Bacevich will not be a waste of your time. I would like to thank my old blogging pal, Al DeVito, at “Vineyard Views” for bringing it to my attention.
 “Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack” Mint Press, August 29th 2013