Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Obama's Thin Red Line

A few months back, President Obama drew a "red line" on the use of chemical weapons in the civil war in Syria:


He warned of "enormous consequences" if Syria crossed that line.

Those consequences so far:  sending small arms to the rebels. If this is all there is to it, he looks pretty foolish.

We hardly need yet another intervention in some conflict raging within anther Muslim country. Senator John McCain tweeted out a worse policy: a no-fly zone. First, because some group decides to revolt against their government, that does not automatically create an obligation on our part to do anything about it. Second, we do not know the identity of many of these groups or their ultimate objective beyond ousting Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

Maybe we should simply express  one of those meaningless White House announcements about our wishes for a peaceful settlement that recognizes the rights of Syrian citizens and then shut up.

Drawing lines in the sand makes us either look foolish and impotent or will provoke us to actions that we will regret. They are no good for anyone.


CW said...

I agree, V.L., and I love the clip. Too bad for us Obama isn't as smart as Bugs Bunny!

RightDetour said...

Hours of watching Warner cartoons (as a child (and as an adult) paid off. When I thought of the silliness of drawing lines, I remembered this cartoon.

CW said...

It made me want to watch Bugs Bunny again. I wonder if it's still on?

RightDetour said...

Its not on any here in the Atlanta area.I think we still like them not only because of their creativity, but also because they were actually marketed for adults. Until the late 1950s, the movie studios actually owned most(?) of the theaters. When you went to a Warner Brothers theater, you watched a Warner Brothers movie preceded by a Warner Brothers cartoon like Bugs. If you went to a MGM theater, you saw an MGM movie and an MGM cartoon like Tom and Jerry. In the late 1950s, Congress thought it smacked of monopoly, so they passed law forcing the studios to sell their theaters. The studios had to distribute their movies to independently owned theaters. No reason to include a cartoon. A few years later the cartoon division of the movie studios disappeared. The cartoons went to Saturday morning television.

CW said...

I never knew that! I just checked Netflix and you can get some episodes there so I think I might do that when my husband gets back from his trip.