I received an inteligent form letter from Jim Himes today, responding to my own, in which I voiced a strong opinion against invading or bombing Syria. Himes expresses the same doubts about any such attack as the majority of his constituents, for which I’m grateful, but I was struck by this passage in particular:
In June 2013 [actually, 2012, but that’s a quibble-Ed], the President, wisely or not, responded to the growing humanitarian crisis in Syria by stipulating that any chemical weapons use by Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime would be a breach of a “red line.” On August 21, 2013, forces loyal to Assad attacked opposition-controlled areas in the suburbs of Damascus with chemical weapons, killing approximately 1,500 civilians, including women and children.
In response to this horrible atrocity and to uphold his established red line, the President called for limited missile strikes on key regime targets without putting any American “boots on the ground.” In the face of growing opposition from the American public, the Administration called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Syrian government. As a result of a recent tentative diplomatic agreement between the U.S., Russia, and Syria, it is unclear if Congress will vote on a resolution to authorize military force.
Doesn’t Himes know that just this past September 4th his party’s leader insisted, “I did not draw a red line, the world did”? If LBJ were still in office, Himes would have been chewed out royally for so blatantly ignoring the president’s fiction. But, as any Russian KGB agent could tell him, Barry’s no LBJ. In fact, Himes probably didn’t need any help reaching this conclusion on his own.