In the pantheon of presidential dishonesty one quote has yet to be dethroned.
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman…”
Well it turned out he did. Regardless, one thing is true. When Clinton lied no one died.
Now we stand upon the precipice of escalating death and destruction within a foreign land, all over a falsehood offered by yet another Democrat president.
At a press conference on Wednesday in Sweden, President Obama said: “I didn’t set a red line.”
What’s astonishing to anyone actually paying attention is the boldness of such an assertion.
With Clinton it took years to disprove.
With Obama’s Swedish blunder, in the full fledged age of the internet, it took only seconds to produce damning evidence in the form of a sound bite.
Indeed one year earlier, in the press room at the White House Obama asserted:
“A red line for us, is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus.”
Make no mistake, attacking common sense has always been a favorite pastime of politicians. Mental gymnastics and the ability to elicit soothing falsehoods is the stuff that either makes political careers or ends them.
And yet another hallmark of adept political prowess is the ability to affix blame.
In this Barack Obama has no equal. Since being elected we’ve heard him blame ATM’s, coal, legal gun owners, fat cats, doctors, insurance companies – but alas, I do have a word limit.
So when Obama goes before the world in Sweden and blurts, “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty,” he essentially blames others for what’s transpiring.
Interestingly, the treaty Obama references, is the 1925 Geneva Protocol. Some long dead Congress, no one remembers, passed a measure that’s boomeranged and forced his hand. Poor Barack.
So understand it’s their fault. Not his. The same is true with the founding fathers, the separation of powers and his inability to work with congress. It’s their fault for the gridlock.
By his own admission, what binds him today was passed in 1925. You see – he has no choice. Yet when it comes to the U.S. Constitution, passed in 1788, there’s no problem with ignoring that. Using extra-constitutional powers to skirt around Congress – ehhhh, forget about it.
Well, in the spirit of what the definition of is – is; it depends what the meaning of credible is.
When Obama was asked about losing his credibility he lamely offered:
“My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America’s and Congresses credibility is on the line…”
So Obama, as the steward of America, says he’s not responsible for America’s credibility. Yet members of his own party at home, talk of the unpleasant imperative of swallowing their pride and violating their principles; all in an effort to pass a resolution on Syria in order to maintain the credibility of their president!
But so too is the fact that the man who now pushes war is a Nobel laureate.