To the President of the United States, the Congress vacationing and the pundits salivating:
1. Do not put foot in mouth and attempt to walk.
2. Do not insert head into ass and attempt to speak.
3. Do not confuse the size of your penis with the quality of your brain (although in some instances there may well be a diminished correlation).
4. When has a ‘red line’ ever meant anything except housing discrimination? When has a line in the sand ever been important except on a school playground?
5. If 70,000+ have been killed in Syria with bullets and bombs (some supplied by us) for 2 years and you went shopping and campaigning, why are you now foaming at the deaths of 355 (Doctors Without Borders)-1,439 (US Secretary of State Kerry) — the numbers grow with the telling– from Sarin gas?
6. Do not pretend to a righteousness on chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, a righteousness you lack and a pretense which facts universally dispute.
7. War is not a solution, but an enterprise. Acts of aggression are not lessons but bully diplomacy, self gratification. If you must rattle a sabre, at least have the decency to rattle in person, on the field before the enemy you refuse to name, rather than from the lens of a television camera.
8. Do not engage in yet another misadventure for the honor or respect of empire. It lacks both and remains an empty shell.
9. If you must ‘send a message’, first look in a mirror, then attend to the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have left Syria and now live in squalid, uncertain conditions.
10. If you insist on the world respecting your words and promises, then speak in words that engender respect not disdain; avoid lies; regard facts; keep the promises you make rather than betray them as political expediency whispers to you or economic gain lures you.
Say NO to war. Build a school. Repair a bridge. Fill a pot hole. Retire a general. Create a park, not a parking lot. Put down your cell phone, step away from the cameras and your desk, meet some real people.
Those are changes we can believe in.