It’s probably a safe bet you’re not going to hear anything new tomorrow. It’s not like Obama’s going to announce a paratrooper assault on Mosul has occurred, or that he’s nuked Damascus. Although both acts might be productive.
Whatever he says, its mostly noise. The audience is not the world to outline a plan, but the voter to influence an election. Which makes it essentially worthless toward the overall outcome of the crisis at hand. Or maybe I’m just being too damn cynical, and he’s actually making a go of it. Shit man, I sure hope so.
Hey remember when presidents used to start wars with glowing speeches that made history. You read about them decades or hundreds of years later. Will anybody remember what Obama says tomorrow in say, one year? Probably not. But don’t blame him too much. Nobody on the other side of the political equation is saying anything relevant either.
The opposition (a term not applicable to the Republicans) is currently entertaining lunatic ideas from the likes of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Two guys who apparently don’t realize that the galaxy’s moved on from reasonable militant isolationist views since, oh, 1939.
I don’t envy Obama, he’s in an impossible situation. No matter what he says, just about everybody’s going to hate him. But nobody has a better answer than he does. Because, I fear, there is no answer. It’s lose, lose.
So given that, my guests and I are going to answer this tomorrow before the speech. Because we help people with problems. It’s what we do. Which is bad. Because we have a lot of problems.
Either way, here’s hoping for all our sakes that the Prez makes this one count. We and history need a win.
Temporary holder of the second hardest job on the planet after Bear Baiter (to be returned to Ukraine upon conclusion of tomorrow’s speech)