If you did not see Bret Baier’s program on FOX TV in the 6pm (Eastern) hour last night, and hear his Syria-focused discussion with U.S. Army General Jack Keane (ret’d), please try to pull it off the Internet and listen.
While mostly a rehashing all the we-must-attack-Syria things that have been said across the media in the past week, Mr. Baier had the common sense — and, may I say, the moral courage — to point out to General Keane that more than 60-percent of the American people oppose any U.S. military involvement in Syria. Mr. Baier asked if that finding ought to be an important influence in King Obama’s pending decision on whether or not to go to war.
A bit dismissively, General Keane responded that polls showing the strong and historically consistent non-interventionist beliefs of the American people should play no role in a U.S. president’s decision on an issue of national security. In essence, General Keane told Mr. Baier and all other Americans to be quiet, go home, eat a cookie, watch TV, and let the vaunted U.S. military — which, on recent evidence, could not beat the Mclean, Va, neighborhood watch committee — and our interventionist, bipartisan governing elite do as they wish regarding war with Syria. After all, these arrogant and self-proclaimed aristocrats always know what is best for a taxed-to-death riff-raff that is only needed every four years to elect someone running on a “no war” platform that will be utterly and cynically discarded once the presidency is won.
General Keane told all Americans, with admirable truth and bluntness, precisely how little influence they have on a federal government that is constitutionally their servant, and how little influence any American has on any president-cum-monarch’s ability to go to war whenever he pleases. Neither Keane, nor King Obama, nor that destroyer-of-Arizona John McCain give the ass of King Obama’s royal rat — they call the rodent “Holder” — about what the folks think who will be doing the paying and dying in the aristocracy’s coming war in Syria.
And the Congress, of course, has been almost silent while our current monarch leads us to war, having long ago unconstitutionally delegated its exclusive power to declare war to the president, and fearing a reduction in their stipends from Israel-First if they do anything that is, shall we say, America First, such as stopping the war and thereby obeying their constituents, defending the republic and it constitution, and taking a first step toward restoring legality and sanity to American war-making.
Very well done, Mr. Baier. Perhaps unconsciously, you let all Americans hear from the horse’s mouth a concise description of the fact that they are wholly irrelevant to the governing process, and even more impotent when it comes to the war-making process that will kill their soldier-children and increase and waste their taxes. You provided a short but memorable piece of television, and one which ought to leave its viewers with a voice speaking softly but clearly in the back of their minds, a voice saying an old American truism: “But when a long train of abuses & usurpations, evinces a design to reduce them [Americans] under absolute despotism it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, & to provide new guards for their future security.”
These days, truly food for thought.