Doublespeak on 'response' in Syria beginson August 27, 2013 @ 8:29 am (Updated: 10:16 am - 8/27/13 )
The first thing to remember is that it won't be a war. This will be a "response." Here's how spokesman Jay Carney explained it:
"What we are talking about here is a potential response in consultation with our allies and partners, in consultation with congress, to the specific violation of an international norm."
So it is not an attack, but a response, and the legal justification is that we are enforcing not a law, but a "norm."
Carney told CBS it's in the interest of the U.S. and world that, "that violation of an international norm be responded to."
So this is not an "attack on a country," but a response to a "norm violation."
But like I say this is not a new phenomenon. The Korean War was not a war, it was a situation, according to Truman.
"My fellow citizens, at noon today I send a message to the congress about the situation in Korea. We have sent land, sea and air forces to assist in these operations," said Truman.
Nixon's bombing of Cambodia was also not an attack.
"I warned that if I concluded that increased enemy activity in any of these areas endangered the lives of Americas remaining in Vietnam, I would not hesitate to take strong and effective measures to deal with that situation," said Nixon.
It was a "strong effective measure."
Operation Desert Storm was an "offensive combat operation" and so on.
So if anyone asks you whether we're attacking Syria, explain that what we are doing is responding to a "violation of the norms of conflict," so that henceforward, when civilians are killed, which is allowed in a conflict, they are at least killed humanely.
Our last actual war was, of course, WWII.
Beast is Back
Marshawn Lynch strolled into the VMAC Thursday afternoon, ending a seven-day holdout
Climate Change Winner
A forecaster says the Pacific Northwest will be on the winning side of climate change
Is Gas Works Safe?
Police have been called out to the park nearly every night this week
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.