Observations from the berm
The enemy of our enemy may be our friend, but in this age of terrorism, even that longtime bromide has its limits. If Obama really wants to wreck Syria, he could do it in a snap. Forget our military, all Obama has to do is deploy his economic advisers. If Obama finally makes a decision and orders his attack, this will be our third war in the Middle East, meaning the next one is free.
When contemplating military action, we should always have an exit strategy. Victory is preferable, but here is Obama seeking an entrance strategy. How pathetic is that? With a congressional approval rating for the last four years hovering at 10 percent, even Congress is more popular than attacking Syria. A recent Pew poll revealed that just 9 percent of Americans are in favor of military action; such news should give everyone in the Obama administration reason to pause.
Now we can live happily ever after since Syria's Bashar Assad is giving up all those chemical weapons that he never had. Paul Greenberg calls it all part of the long stall. The long stall can be found jammed in the corner cellar of diplomatic relations layered with dust and perhaps some mold, but reliable as ever for the other side. No one wants to go down there and clear it out and drop it in the Dumpster because you can't recycle rubbish. The long stall enabled the North Koreans to go nuclear and the same tactic is being employed by the Iranians to get their bomb. Obama has embraced the long stall in the tradition of Neville Chamberlain. And we all know how that debacle turned out.
- Things just haven't gone the Yankees' way this season, but the bottom was reached when even the batting practice coach started throwing darts at Alex Rodriguez.
- Chevrolet's latest version of the Corvette claims a 465-horsepower engine. From what one longtime Corvette owner tells me. the new 'Vet doesn't run on 93 octane, it runs on ground-up Priuses.
- The bid by Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation to obtain the naming rights to a new Kansas City football stadium was flatly rejected. Apparently, Missouri state officials became suspicious when the stadium's seating suddenly grew from 65,000 to 100,000.
- In the stands at a football game, there is no creature more obnoxious than an inebriated and obese, middle-aged, balding man in a stained, yet personalized and form-fitting football jersey running his jib about how his "squad needs to air it out" and how they need to "start flying to the ball."
- This isn't your daddy's U.S. Army or, for that matter, the America he grew up in. When American traitor Bradley Manning was finally sentenced to 35 years, he had a stockade epiphany. Realizing that he will now be a 35-year recipient of ObamaCare, Manning requested to be transgendered into a woman. From here to eternity, Manning will be doing all his Wiki-leaking sitting down as Chelsea Manning.
- More proof this isn't your daddy's America. In Washington D.C., you must wait 24 hours to get a tattoo of a baby, but there's no wait to abort that baby.
- A Pew poll showed that most Americans consider Canada as our closest ally. Finishing second was Great Britain. Both countries come as no surprise. However, the next four were Israel, Japan, Germany and France. What is surprising to one who enjoys history is that two of the top five battled us during World War II just 70 years ago. Perhaps in the second half of this century, Iran, Russia, Venezuela and Cuba are our new best friends? Implausible, yes, but history proves itself to be more cyclical than linear.
- Recently, The New York Times gave Russian President Vladimir Putin premium elbow room on its opulent Op/Ed page. Political speeches, and in this particular case, Op/Ed pieces, are rarely written by the people who profess them. Putin is certainly no Abe Lincoln putting pen to parchment on the train to Gettysburg. As it turns out, Ketchum Public Relations, a U.S. agency no less, did Putin's heavy writing. Certainly, they were paid an oligarch's ransom for their efforts. The 1,100-word rant was a classic paradigm of public relations for sure, painting Putin as a concerned world leader and spirited supporter of diplomacy. What Putin and his Russian lackeys fail to comprehend about the majority of Americans is we don't read anything longer than 140 characters.
Tweet that, Vlad.
(Greg Maresca, a local freelance writer, composes "Talking Points" for each Sunday edition.)