On Friday, President Obama said the U.S. may sometimes have to police the world. Mr. President, I respectfully beg to differ.
Where did this notion come from, that the USA, being the last superpower standing, should be the police force of the world? That we should zoom from continent to continent, fighting crime and bringing bad guys to justice? By what authority?
What is this obsession with “punishing” regimes in far-away places? How do you right a wrong by going to somebody’s country and destroying their “command and control” systems, in the process killing and maiming untold numbers of people, mostly innocent bystanders?
In fact, aren’t ALL the people killed in such a military police action innocent, by our own legal standards? “Innocent until proven guilty” is the standard of justice in the U.S.
The most illogical part of the police-the-world notion is that it makes the U.S. not only police officer, but also prosecutor, judge and jury. No defense attorney necessary!
Who gave the president authority to summarily convict rogue dictators and then impose the death penalty? If Congress votes to authorize military intervention, does that constitute due process? It seems painfully obvious that no Higher Power has appointed the U.S. to police the world. If a world police officer is needed, wouldn’t that be some international agency, for instance the United Nations?
I am sick of hearing about “red lines.” Is this all about saving face? No matter how outrageous and reckless it would be to attack Syria, risking unknowable consequences and repercussions, up to and including World War III, the U.S. must attack simply to avoid looking weak in public?
The pundits are undoubtedly right. President Obama, having bungled to the brink of setting fire to a powder keg, will appear weak and uncertain if he changes his mind now.
Nevertheless, Mr. President, the only right thing to do is to change your mind! Congress and the American people have already given you a virtual vote of no confidence with regard to starting another war, even before a vote is taken.
I have always supported you up until now, Mr. President. Please just admit you were wrong on this one. Peace now.
— John Hayden
- Obama Attempts to Preserve His Ego by Proposing War With Syria (armyvetchicrants.com)
- Russell Simmons: Mr. President, Don’t Do It! (huffingtonpost.com)
- Translating ‘Obama Speak’ on Syria (canadafreepress.com)
- Kerry in Europe to boost support for Syria action (cbsnews.com)