“President Barack Obama promised Wednesday that any U.S. military strike at Syria would be a “shot across the bow” that avoids seeing America pulled into “any kind of open-ended conflict.”

But “if, in fact, we can take limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict — not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about — but if we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, stop doing this, that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term,” the president said.

So in other words, if we make a big show out of it but promise not to do anything of consequence, we can save face. And don’t worry. By promising not to do anything of consequence ahead of time, that won’t have any effect on anyone’s decision making, like just how much they can ignore it. It’ll scare the pants off of them, promise. We’re just firing a shot in the air, after yelling “Hey, I’m gonna just fire this shot in the air to let you know how truly unhappy I am, but it really doesn’t mean anything more than that.”

Stephen Green was right. Our foreign policy is no longer feckless. It’s just vapid.

Now go away or we shall taunt you a second time!

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3 thoughts on “Vapid

  1. Severian

    Personally, I’m still trying to find out where to join the protests. I mean, time was — roughly between 2003 and 2008 — where you couldn’t walk ten feet in this town without somebody asking you to help them decry unauthorized, unilateral aggression in the Middle East. So: Where do I sign up? Where the heck did all those righteous People of Principle go?

  2. Robert M Mitchell Jr.

    Hey, take it for the credit it is. There are not big protests because all the protests against Iraq, and the unspeakable bloodbath it was to be, turned out to be silly. Invading Iraq and holding the land, rebuilding the country, turned out to be a good thing. Rest assured, the protests will be back the next time Republicans try to do something, because Syria will turn out to be a Bloodbath, and who wants to deal with that kind of guilt? Sigh, victims of just how much better at leadership the Republicans are, compared to the very specialized hot house flower that is the Democrat Election greyhound…..

  3. reg

    okay, so the US drills Assad with some cruise missiles and declares the event over.
    Has the administration checked with the syrians or their supporters to see if they are good with this?what if they would like a little payback, after all, once you start killing people, hard feelings ensue. whatever one may think of the Assad regime, it is made up of real people with their own ideas. they (and their friends) may take a dim view of outside intervention of what is at the moment a syrian matter. Domestic pr exercises should be left to domestic situations.

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