Peggy Noonan has looked at President Obama's plan to attack Syria and tells us today that she's against it, citing a favorite authority:
After 10 days of debate in Europe and America, the wisest words on a path forward have come from the Pope. Francis wrote this week to Vladimir Putin, as the host of the G-20. He damned "the senseless massacre" unfolding in Syria and pleaded with the leaders gathered in St. Petersburg not to "remain indifferent" -- remain -- to the "dramatic situation." He asked the governments of the world "to do everything possible to assure humanitarian assistance" within and without Syria's borders.Curiously, Noonan never acknowledges that just this past April she was in favor of a U.S. attack, and was angry at Obama because he was sure he wouldn't drop bombs:
But, he said, a "military solution" is a "futile pursuit."
And he is right. The only strong response is not a military response.
... a military strike is not the way, and not the way for America.
... there is growing evidence that Mr. Assad is the first known leader to use chemical weapons since Saddam Hussein murdered his own people in the Kurdish city of Halabja in 1988. The Syrian attack violates red lines Mr. Obama personally laid down. And now the Administration will ... go to the U.N.?Yes, a right-winger is a hypocrite on this issue. I'm sure you're shocked.
At Turtle Bay, the U.S. will need permission from Syria's protectors in Moscow and Beijing merely to begin an investigation. If such a probe does get launched, it is unlikely ever to reach the site of the attacks in safety. At which point -- several months, if not years, down the road -- proof of the attacks will be all-but impossible to come by. Surely Mr. Obama and his military advisers know that it is impossible to gather from a battlefield the kind of proof needed beyond a reasonable doubt in a courtroom....
Mr. Obama has strived mightily to avoid intervening in Syria, despite his repeated demands that Mr. Assad "must go." The Administration's U.N. gambit looks like one more way to avoid doing something it promised it would do if chemical weapons were used. Presidents who are exposed as bluffers tend to have their bluff called again and again, with ever more dangerous consequences.
In today's column, Noonan doesn't acknowledge her own hypocrisy, but if she ever does, she can't fall back on "The Pope made me do it!" as an excuse for her conversion to pacifism, because the Pope called for a non-violent resolution in Syria a month before she rattled the saber, on March 31:
Speaking in front of some 250,000 people from around the world in the Vatican, Francis prayed for "dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and for the many refugees who await help and comfort".Elsewhere in today's column, Noonan writes this about American resistance to an intervention:
"How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution to the crisis will be found?" he said.
What are the American people thinking? Probably some variation of: Wrong time, wrong place, wrong plan, wrong man.But somehow, for her, it didn't seem to be the "wrong time" and "wrong place" a few months ago. I would have thought that moral law, as laid down by the Pope, would have been absolute.
But back then it looked as if Obama didn't want war, so he was for it. Now he does want war, so she's against it.
The only absolute moral law for right-wingers is "Obama sucks."
Peggy Noonan wrote a whole column on Syria in WSJ + apparently isn't aware there is already a civil war pic.twitter.com/nDtlp4wGnJ— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 6, 2013