Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Syria: “Rhetorical Flourishes” and Other Wag the Dog Strategies

Syriusly? How do you expect us take the use of chemical weapons in Syria seriously when our own Ambassador to the UN doesn’t find it serious enough to forgo a comedy film festival? 

I completely understand: Charlie Chaplin is revered by fans of the comedic clown meme, as well as fellow travelers:

“The Charlie Chaplin Film Festival honours the pioneering spirit of a great filmmaker and advocate for social change.”

So you could hardly expect our country’s self-appointed expert on genocide and Nobel Prize winner to tear herself away from a film festival where her husband, Cass Sunstein, was scheduled to share his wisdom with a pack of clown fans.

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Certainly not just because the UN decided to call an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss Syria’s use of chemical weapons on their own people. After all, they should already know how she feels about genocide (frowned upon) and the use of force against Syria (Smile).

And it’s not like Sam had abandoned her job responsibilities altogether, she did weigh in with this tweet:

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Nor is it like we don’t have a long tradition around here of maintaining a healthy balance between work and family time. For example, back in 2009, when the Christmas Day “panty bomber” (h/t: Mark Steyn) tried to blow up Northwest flight 253 over Detroit, Michael Leiter, then director of the National Counterterrorism Center, continued his 6 day ski vacation rather than returning to the Center to run the show. And he did so with the blessing of his White House boss, who said he deserved a vacation. Besides, have you seen the price of lift tickets since 2009?

And Big Guy understood perfectly; after all, he was in Hawaii himself on Winter Holiday, and it took him 4 days before it was convenient possible to finally issue his heartfelt response to the first terrorist threat under his watch, saying “don’t worry, lone wolf, system worked perfectly.” (That would be the system designed to have a brave Dutch citizen sitting within proximity of any would be underwear bombers on US commercial aircraft, who is willing to tackle the bomber and put out the fire in his pants).


This of course settled the nerves of U.S. travelers flying home from their Christmas visits; well, except for those who had to depart between December 25 and December 29.

Anyway, they say that this type of work ethic can only come from the top down; I can assure you that’s the case around here. The misplaced myth of the work ethic placing work responsibilities ahead of personal responsibilities has finally been busted. We now have a kinder, gentler sensitivity: work plays second fiddle to the more important aspects of life such as vacation, travel, recreation, and the all important me-time.


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We believe in working smarter, not harder:

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So, bottom line: no problemo with Sam being in Ireland when the UN Security Task force decided to take no action, at the insistence of Russia and China.

We may or may not wait for UN authorization (like we did with George W. Bush); it all depends on what your meaning of the term “red line” is. John Bolton said Big Guy’s remark about the red line was more of a “rhetorical flourish” than a well thought out foreign relations strategy. Still, we’ve got a lot of “phony scandals” to content with around here, so it may well be time to wag the tale of that Syrian dog anyway.

I don’t believe even Bill Clinton or  George W. Bush ever went to war over a “rhetorical flourish.”

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