September 1, 2013
MR. HEILBRUNN WOULD HAVE A MORE ORIGINAL COLUMN...:
Barack W. Bush: Unilateral War In Syria (Jacob Heilbrunn, August 30, 2013, National Interest)
Barack W. Bush. Joe Cheney. Here they come. Girded for a war that the British took one look at and bailed out on before it even began. Announcing that they are prepared to go it alone. Who said that unilateralism went away with George W. Bush?Obama said acting unilaterally was a bad thing when he campaigned for office in 2008. That was then. Obama, who has followed in Bush's footsteps on national security surveillance measures, as the Washington Post's extensive revelations about the reach of government spy agencies show today, is about to go to war again.Vice-president Joe Biden sounds like Cheney redivivus when he declares that there is "no doubt" that Bashar al-Assad authorized the use of weapons of mass destruction. All that's missing is a reference to yellow cake or the claim that this enterprise will be a cake walk. Meanwhile, the White House is engaging in magisterial Bush-speak, invoking the defense of the homeland: "The president of the United States is elected with the duty to protect the national security interests in the United States of America," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
...if he tried finding areas where the UR has diverged from his predecessor's policies. It's been obvious he was just Bush Lite since he was inaugurated.
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2013 8:05 AM