"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
1. Obama, Congress and Syria
2. Obama 'has the right' to
strike Syria regardless of Congress vote, says Kerry
is not much today on the subject of the crisis. There is some on the
subject of Syria, and I will limit myself to that.
Congress and Syria
To start with,
Glenn Greenwald, who writes in the Guardian about:
This starts as follows:
It's a potent sign
of how low the American political bar is set that gratitude is
expressed because a US president says he will ask Congress to vote
before he starts bombing another country that is not attacking or
threatening the US. That the US will not become involved in foreign
wars of choice without the consent of the American people through their
representatives Congress is a
central mandate of the US Constitution, not some enlightened,
progressive innovation of the 21st century.
After briefly commenting
on George Bush, Greenwald continues:
But what makes the
celebratory reaction to yesterday's announcement particularly odd is
that the Congressional vote which Obama said he would seek appears, in
his mind, to have no binding force at all. There is no reason to
believe that a Congressional rejection of the war's authorization would
constrain Obama in any way, other than perhaps politically. To the
contrary, there is substantial evidence for the proposition that the
White House sees the vote as purely advisory, i.e., meaningless.
And that is just it, for
look at the next item:
2. Obama 'has the right' to strike Syria
regardless of Congress vote, says Kerry
This is also from the Guardian, but it is by Spencer Ackerman:
This starts as follows:
I think this is called an
"imperialist presidency", that is, an American president who does as he
mumbling "Trust Me!", regardless of what Congress or the Constitution
say he should (not) do.
administration indicated on Sunday that it would launch strikes
against Syria even in the face
of rejection by the US Congress, less
than a day after vowing to put an attack to a congressional vote.
President Obama "has the
right to do this no matter what Congress does", said secretary of state
John Kerry, one of
the leading advocates of a military assault on dictator Bashar al-Assad
for allegedly using chemical weapons on 12 neighborhoods outside
Damascus on 21 August.
And I agree with Greenwald this is "particularly odd". Then again, it
would be interesting to see what will be Obama's position in case he
strike against the wishes of Congress - except that you cannot predict
what other people, such as Putin, will do if he strikes.
Since there is so little
today, a few reflections on my own situation:
As it happens, I am rather a lot better than I have been all of the
last year, though indeed the last year was quite a bad year,
what with my keratoconjunctivitis
sicca, that was quite painful and serious in my case, and that I
still have to an extent that I really need a tweaked monitor and also
to an extent that I still feel my eyes continuously and need to drop in
Duratears every two hours.
But I have it for some 16 months now, and it is less than it has been
nearly all those months (that I spent a year ago with hardly the use of
a computer), and it is still improving, though it is also still doing
Also, probably not coincidentally, my sleep has been improving the last
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, that the governors do not
rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the
if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my
More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
It is more proper
that law should govern than any one of the
citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the
supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to
be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I
from is quite pertinent.)
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: