10:58am

Thu September 12, 2013
Politics

Will Durst: The Pied Piper of the Potomac

 

Note: Will Durst is a comedian and you may find some of his material offensive, or worse, not funny. His views do not necessarily reflect those of KALW.

Hey guys, Will Durst here with a few choice words about the sticky icky tricky situation currently going down around Syria! You could say this commentary is going to be semi-serious...and semi-not, because it's a tale of conundrums. I'll start with the president, who has gotten pretty good at playing both sides against the middle. Learned to lead by dancing figure eights. The Pied Piper of the Potomac waltzing up and down the M.C. Escher staircase. He's deadly serious about doing the right thing, just not sure what the right thing is. We have the intelligence, but aren't gonna show anybody. Would prefer international cooperation but totally willing to go it alone. Made his decision, but seeking congressional approval even though he doesn't believe he needs it. Could very well follow their advice, or might just start bombing tomorrow...or next year.  A red line in sand has been crossed. Then again, sand is a lousy conductor of paint. Doesn't want to go to war, but wants to be war-like. This is an important vote, but not important enough for congress to cut short their recess. Meanwhile the Republicans are torn between their natural hatred of Obama, and their love of bombing the crap out of the Middle East. Boehnor and Cantor both said they would vote for a limited punitive strike, but no other Republican is obligated to follow their lead. The Arab League is fine with it, but not giving permission. Obama wants to punish Bashar al-Assad but doesn't trust the rebels as far as he could throw Portugal. Worried about rattling sabers, but doesn't want to look like a wuss. Especially right before meeting Putin, this is all about Syria, but mostly, it's about Iran...not to mention Russia and China. Going to take military action to advance the cause of peace. He loves us, he loves us not. 

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