In his address to the nation last night, Obama exploited dead Syrian children to convince Americans to support his proposed "unbelievably small" military attack, not to be confused with a "pinprick."
According to the transcript provided by the White House, Obama mentioned "children" seven times.
OBAMA: The situation profoundly changed, though, on August 21st, when Assad’s government gassed to death over a thousand people, including hundreds of children. The images from this massacre are sickening: Men, women, children lying in rows, killed by poison gas. Others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath. A father clutching his dead children, imploring them to get up and walk.So, Obama argues that there's something about Syrian children killed with chemical weapons that demands action from the United States, even though he says we aren't the world's policeman but then he insists we must act like the world's policeman in this case because that's what makes us different and exceptional. Contradictory.
The question now is what the United States of America, and the international community, is prepared to do about it. Because what happened to those people — to those children — is not only a violation of international law, it’s also a danger to our security.
To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain, and going still on a cold hospital floor. For sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.
Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.
Obama didn't talk in graphic terms about all the dead children from conventional weapons in the Syrian conflict. Don't they matter?
Moreover, Obama obviously didn't care about the suffering and deaths of Iraqi and Iranian children due to Saddam Hussein's brutality.
In 2007, when Obama was campaigning in Madison, here's what he said about Iraq:
Obama talked about Iraq. He told of how he spoke out against the war during his Illinois Senate campaign in 2002.Apparently, in Obama's mind, Syrian children must have greater value than other children.
"This is a dumb war, ...and we shouldn't fight it."
When Christian children are slaughtered, Obama doesn't argue that the United States must stop the atrocities.
In his remarks last night, Obama asked, "What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas, and we choose to look the other way?"
Obama's record shows that he's very comfortable with looking the other way. He didn't mind Saddam's use of poison gas.
Obama's arguments are so contradictory and empty. They're dripping with hypocrisy. Obama has no credibility. The stances he has taken in the past are coming back to bite him.
I can't stand Obama's exploitation of children to advance his political fortunes. He exploits dead American children as well as dead Syrian children when it benefits him. It's so sleazy to toy with the emotions of Americans for his personal political gain.
Obama uses dead children as weapons. I have a problem with that.