“Theater of war” is a term for the area where modern warfare is conducted. Thanks to Obama’s failed attempt at ratcheting up American outrage to a righteous bombing level, that theater now encompasses the US media, and we all get to watch. On ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC and PBS.
Tuesday, for Act 1, the White House picked their actors, requesting that the “top” anchors from each network be the ones chosen for interviews with the President, ensuring public trust. The White house also created the schedule: no one could claim a scoop because all interviews would be held until after 6 pm, followed closely at 9 pm by Obama in the bully pulpit during a prime time address to the entire nation.
But Act 2 defied everyone’s expectations as Putin’s NY times op-ed piece became the voice of reason in this bizarre attempt to engage the country in a course of action that the American public clearly does not support. Some members of Congress tally upwards of 90+ percent of their constituent contacts as negative regarding military intervention.
The good that is coming out of this is that the American public is starting to become aware of the fact that the US is already massively involved in Syria, aiding and abetting the rebels that, Putin claims, may ultimately be responsible for the chemical crime that began this confrontation in the first place.
As nauseous Congressional leaders try to deal with Putin’s bravado, American heads have begun to spin with the realization of the levels of espionage, arms provision, covert actions, and secret interventions already being done in their name in Syria.
There may be more at stake in Act 3 than any one had imagined. We could be watching the creation of national rationality in our lifetimes, as people tired of warring their way to peace decide: enough is enough.