Springtime for Obama
August 29, 2013 2 Comments
I floated this idea on Twitter but it needs more than 140 characters to flesh out (like, 280):
Maybe the Obama Administration doesn’t want to attack Syria, so they’re putting forth intentionally dumb and crazy-sounding trial balloons about it. Consider:
- Obama stupidly exposed himself to the the current situation with the idiotic ‘red line’ comment.
- Now, to save face, he ‘has to’ wage a military response of some kind.
- Unless, that is, others prevent him from doing so. “I wanted to, but my hands were tied by those cowardly [whatevers]!”
- This would seem to require getting enough public and elite opinion all lined up against any kind of military action.
- But Obama can’t be seen actually arguing against military action or displaying any sign that he doesn’t want it (see #2).
- What better way, then, than to put out trial balloons/talking-points for military action, but carefully constructed so as to be and sound as stupid and nonsensical and unconvincing as humanly possible, yet still provide the plausible deniability he needs that he “wanted to” do it (see #3).
I see it as maybe a 35% possibility that something like the above is what’s going on. If so, the truly ironic part is that Obama will have been defeated by his own unwarranted mystique. After all, according to this strategy the expected response to #6 is supposed to have been “what? are you crazy?”
But who’s going to say that about Barack Obama, our biracial-angel savior?
To many, the thought is an unthinkable one. So instead they just kinda nod their lemming heads at whatever he says, like they always do. ‘Syria. Yeah. Well, if he wants to, I guess something has to be done…’
It’s the war-politics equivalent of the plot of The Producers: people laughing and cheering when they were supposed to gasp with horror and walk out. And would be just as funny, if it weren’t destined to be so costly and damaging.