There he was, just a few days ago, getting ready to send his troops into action and hit Syria hard, as punishment for the supposed use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al Assad, and then it all started to go terribly wrong. Firstly, he lost the services of his loyal sidekick, British Prime Minister David Cameron, who’s made such a mess of his bid to push the military action against the Assad regime through parliament that he ended up with a ‘no’ vote and is now sulking, blaming everyone around him for what happened. Secondly, without thinking this through, Washington accepted the services of French President François Hollande, who rushed to replace Cameron and announced that he was going to send the mighty French troops to support the Americans in their assault on Syria. Even though France has a bad track record of conducting military operations and was even deemed unsuitable because its jets could be brought down by the Syrian air defences.
It was then that President Obama got cold feet and passed the buck to US Congress, telling the fine folks on Capitol Hill to give him a mandate to attack Syria. Confusion followed, with congressmen getting into a panic as the mid-term election are only a couple of months away and lots of Americans have no appetite for any more wars abroad that seem to be delivering nothing but more chaos.
And then came the news that President Obama invited no other but Senator John McCain, his old nemesis at his first race for the White House, to help him push through the strike against Syria through Congress. Mr McCain, who took his good friend Senator Lindsey Graham with him, loves a good juicy war, even if there is no proper reason to start it. He’s been calling on the Obama Administration to start arming the Syrian rebels properly many months ago. He’s even travelled to Syria, incognito, some say dressed as a loose woman, to meet the rebels and tell them how he loved their work. You know, whacking people all around them and then blaming government troops for it.
Looked pretty desperate, that meeting of the two former rivals plus Senator Graham who looks like a man who need to see a shrink. Will George Bush Junior will be called on board soon? Or Tone Blair, the former British PM, who has so much experience in starting wars of false pretences? Or how about summoning the ghost of Ronald Reagan, just for the fun of it?
By now Mr Obama figured out that if he loses the vote in Congress he might as well sit through the last two years of his presidency doing absolutely nothing, as no one would treat him seriously after that. Pretty much no one treats him seriously already, but if he follows in Cameron’s steps he might as well devote his whole time to golf and entertain his Hollywood friends in the White House.
But what about those top security advisers that President Obama has been consulting for the past several days. Have you seen that photo of the whole group, gathered round the table with Obama, looking as if they know what they’re talking about? There was Susan Rice, the National Security Adviser, who blew her chances of replacing Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State after her disastrous handling of the Benghazi affair, when four US citizens, including the US ambassador to Libya, were brutally killed by al Qaeda terrorists, with Ms Rise trying to confuse the matter as much as possible. And then there was James Clapper, Director of the National Intelligence Agency, whose people have been found out spying on millions of Americans and pretty much everyone else around the world and who lied to Congress about his operations. Attorney General Eric Holder was there as well, the one who had ordered to check phone records of hacks from the Associated Press agency, to find out where they were getting their info from.
Mr Kerry, the already mentioned US Secretary of State, was there as well. He did the presentation of the ‘evidence’ on Syria about the chemical attack recently, resembling Colin Powell and his presentation of ‘evidence’ of the WMDs in Iraq so much that apart from Kerry himself no one was impressed by his drivel.
Not forgetting Vice President Joe Biden, the man who was once caught plagiarising Neil Kinnock of the British Labour party and was forced to pull out of the race for the White House. Joe, who is on;y one heartbeat away from the presidency, makes Sarah Palin look sophisticated and suave.
With friends like that, as they say, who needs enemies? It’s going to be fun time in the next couple of weeks. Not for the Syrian people, mind you.