Today, President Obama met with Congressional leaders in yet another attempt to find some common ground on the ongoing standoff regarding the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, and the debt ceiling and budgets. Once again, the meeting was a gigantic waste of time, with the only thing the sides conceding is that the government shutdown might go on for weeks at this rate.
While both sides are bickering about a variety of things in this debate, it all boils down to one thing: Republicans want some concession on Obamacare. They shot for the stars at first, wanting to stop it or defund it. Now, they have backed off the rhetoric some, asking for at least a delay. Anything to save face at this point would probably be enough for them to get out of another political quagmire that the Republicans are going to probably shoulder a disproportionate share of the blame for. President Obama is constantly complaining about how the Republicans refuse to compromise; meanwhile, he refuses to compromise in any way himself. For whatever reason, Obamacare has been Obama’s mission since day one of his presidency. Despite opposition from damn near about everyone, Obama forced this legislation down Americans throats. He quashed discontent from both sides of the aisle, and carried on despite the fact that almost no one fully understood the law and what it would mean for the average American. Still, Obama was well aware that the opposition was continuing, and as the deadline for Obamacare to take effect loomed, the Republican push against it got desperate. The government shutdown is the fruits of their labors, but also the fruit of an unyielding President determined to get his way even if no one understands his motivations.
At Common Sense Conspiracy, when we see a situation like this, we can’t help but take a moment to look at the big picture. Look back at what was dominating headlines in recent weeks. It wasn’t that long ago that President Obama was making a very, very unpopular push toward a potential war with Syria. Now, we are starting to question whether Obama was looking ahead to this very day and trying to open up a new chessboard strategy that would result in checkmate.
See, if the United States had entered into a hasty war with Syria, the idea that the Republicans could allow the government to run out of money and the infrastructure to shut down in a wartime situation would have been ridiculous. They would be forced to grudgingly go along with Obama’s every wish, end their last-ditch shots at Obamacare, and go with the flow. After all, no one wants to look like they are going against the troops, especially when they are in action. The Republican Party is synonymous with military might and buildups, and they would not as a party have dreamt of doing anything that might have been perceived as against the military. If you think about it, it would have been a masterful strategy. Just a few well-placed bombs in Syria would create an international situation instantly and no doubt would escalate into something bigger than the supposed intentions.
It’s safe to say that if a war in Syria was raging right now (one with America…there certainly is one raging right at this very second between Assad and the rebels), this whole government shutdown situation would have never even came into the public’s view. The budget would have passed, the shutdown would never have really been an imminent threat, and the whole story might be a blurb at best.
Then, John Kerry made a statement that set a series of events into motion that no one could have expected and Vladimir Putin came in to save the day. Not only did he protect his ally Syria, promote peace, and make himself look better in the international eye than ever before, he also plunged the United States of America into more economic and political chaos.
So, if you were one of the millions of Americans sitting around scratching your head wondering why it seemed like President Obama was so set on plunging us into another war, the answer is in your rear-view mirror. Hind sight is 20/20, they say, and this may very well be a clear example.