I cited this article by Richard Scheck in my widely-read “Obama postpones World War III till next week.” It’s definitely worth a read, and fits the VT editorial team’s take on Obama and the forces that surround and constrain him. –KB
By Richard Scheck
Many writers have speculated that John Kennedy was assassinated because he resisted the demands of the military-industrial complex during the height of the Cold War.
The President apparently had a change of mind following the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. He began a series of measures designed to pursue a path to peace marked more by cooperation with the Soviets than confrontation in the various global hot spots like Cuba and Viet Nam.
Having rejected the machinations of the hawks who thought up Operation Northwoods and the aggressive interventionist actions of the CIA under Allen Dulles, President Kennedy embarked on a journey that led to his death in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
It’s 50 years later and history seems to be repeating itself to the extent that President Obama’s sudden “change of heart” Saturday night places him in grave jeopardy from those who were hell-bent on ratcheting up the level of violence in the Middle East with the expected attack on Syria.
After days of strong rhetoric from Secretary of State John Kerry and other Administration officials who were gleefully waving the bloody-shirt, Obama stepped up to the microphone in the Rose Garden this afternoon and said he was gonna follow the Constitution (kinda) by going to Congress and asking for their approval prior to any kinetic action.
(Imagine that: next thing you know he will announce he’s going to work with the UN Security Council and seek to use the mechanisms available there to achieve a resolution of this crisis.)
In any case, this welcome respite from his team pounding the drums of war has much danger attached to it as well as the potential for a better way of dealing with this on-going dilemma.
By postponing and possibly stifling the plans for a wider war in the region, the President has risked much political capital and placed himself directly in the path of those who are eager to see him gone—whether through resignation, impeachment or worse.
This prudent gesture of restraint will certainly please his anti-war base on the left (see his supposed 2002 anti-Iraq war speech and 2008 campaign promises) who have been disappointed with his performance.
But the pressure for more war has been intense and there is a chance we will see either another false flag attack in the next few days to provide even more justification for the use of force or some other crippling revelation that will weaken Obama’s resolve.
In the face of the double anniversary 9/11 Million Man March rally in DC this Wednesday, September 11th, serious budget woes, the collapse of support from traditional allies including the UK, countless scandals and a litany of other problems, we have entered a peculiarly perilous period in our history as well as on a personal basis for the Commander-In-Chief.
Will Obama be able to side-step his way around this minefield and finesse himself and the country into a better future? Will he able to embrace this Kennedy Moment, resist the military-industrial complex and survive to tell historians about it?
If the answer is yes, many of us will be grateful and Barack Obama will finally have achieved the promise for Hope and Change he embraced so powerfully five years ago when he emerged on the national scene.