Despite Jay Carney’s grim determination not to speculate on anything, it becomes clearer every day that Obama and his administration are readying plans to intervene in Syria. Carney, of course, refuses to speculate on the type, level, or purpose of our intervention. The administration has made it clear, though, that it intends to intervene on the side of the rebels. The rebels who, oddly enough, have pledged loyalty to Al Queda.

Before picking on Obama for his precipitous rush towards disaster, let’s take a look at what Obama has said about his unilateral authority to conduct war, or what he has, in the past referred to as, “kinetic actions.” We’ll start with the most famous of his constitutional pronouncements.

“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,” Obama told The Boston Globe in 2007. He added that the president can only act unilaterally in “instances of self-defense.” Clearly, he now believes the opposite. One can wonder if he sent a note of apology to Bush.

Neither did Obama seek congressional approval for his military strikes against Libya in 2011. That bombing campaign led to longtime dictator Muammar Gadhafi’s ouster.

Vice President Joe Biden, who voted for the Iraq War, agreed with Obama: “The president has no constitutional authority to take this country to war… unless we’re attacked or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked,” Biden said in 2007.

This was not a new position for Biden. He delivered a speech before the Senate outlining Congress’ powers to declare war back in 1998: “Given this,” Biden said at the time, “the only logical conclusion is that the framers intended to grant to Congress the power to initiate all hostilities, even limited wars.”

Even Kerry and Hagel both voted for the Iraq War, which they subsequently opposed. But they recognized that they, as members of Congress, were a necessary component of any military action.

So, having flip-flopped on what the president’s powers are, with nary a peep from Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan, or any of the other noodleheads that opposed Bush, let’s see how he feels about the targets of his largesse.

“As we speak, al Qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. We’ve also taken the fight to al Qaeda and their allies. In Afghanistan, our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan security forces. [W]e will deny Al Qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.”  State of the Union speech Jan 26, 2011.

Apparently, we’ll just give them a new haven.

“Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms.” From his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway Dec 10, 2009.

And why should they? We help arm them and attack their enemies.

“We will kill bin Laden; we will crush Al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.” From his 2008 second presidential debate against John McCain Oct 7, 2008.

Unless, of course, we decide that supporting Al Qaeda is more important.

“But we have to make sure that we do not hesitate to act when it comes to Al Qaida. Because they are currently stronger than they were at any time since 2001.” From the  Democratic primary debate Jan 6, 2006

And he isn’t. Hesitating, that is. By the end of the week, we’ll be involved in Syria on the side of Al Qaeda.

If we have to go into Syria, let us at least go in on the side that opposes Al Qaeda. The rebels are terrorists, burning, killing, raping, and destroying all that doesn’t comport with islam. Obama, once upon a time, believed that Al Qaeda was our implacable enemy. He has said that they are responsible for the 9/11 act of terrorism. Now he is going to aid them. Have we completely lost any sense of moral outrage?

I understand that Obama is an opportunist, and will say anything to advance his interests of the moment. But are there no people willing to stand up and oppose this madness? We would do well to remember: “Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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