Obama hasn’t an arm, he hasn’t a leg, hurroo, hurroo

Yesterday on Little Nicky Machiavelli I posted an article by Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge that discussed Barack Obama’s Coalition Of The (Un)Willing the U S rent-boy President was assembling to fight the non threat of ISIS to the security of western nations. Tyler opened his piece by quoting a 1960s peace movement version of the old folk song When Johnny Comes Marching Home.

The version he used was an American Civil War song to an old Scottish melody. Here are some extracts of the lyric that was sung as an anti war song for Vietnam in folk clubs around Manchester in the 1960s (full lyric HERE):

Where are the eyes that looked so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are the eyes that looked so mild, hurroo, hurroo
Where are the eyes that looked so mild
When my poor heart you first beguiled
Why did ye scadaddle from me and the child
Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

Chorus
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, hurroo, hurroo
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, hurroo, hurroo
With your drums and guns and guns and drums
The enemy nearly slew ye
Oh my darling dear, Ye look so queer
Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Ye haven’t an arm, ye haven’t a leg, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven’t an arm, ye haven’t a leg, hurroo, hurroo
Ye haven’t an arm, ye haven’t a leg
Ye’re an armless, boneless, chickenless egg
Ye’ll have to be put with a bowl out to beg
Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye.

Ironic really that a couplet in the final stanza is: “They’re rolling out the guns again, But they never will take my sons again,” because today it is Obama and his sidekick the Scooby Doo villain lookalike John Kerry who are holding out the begging bowl for donations to their latest war as the usual allies of the US say, “You’ll never take our sons again.”.

The ‘broad coalition’ President Obama so confidently spoke of in pitching his latest war on television to the American nation two days ago is crumbling faster than a biscuit (cookie) dunked in hot coffee. First the UK and Germany refused to support airstrikes on Syrian territory and now Turkey refuses to allow a U.S. led coalition to attack ISIS / ISIL / whatever forces in Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, according to senior government officials.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ankara this morning to ‘build the coalition’ but, as AFP reports, Turkish officials have already made their position clear, “Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations.” Their ‘excuse’: “our hands and arms are tied because of the hostages,” but follows PM Erdogan’s recent shunning of Obama.

Associated Press reports:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds “direct” telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.

In an interview with Turkey’s ATV television late Monday, Erdogan said that “in the past, I used to call him directly. Because I was not able to get direct results on Syria, now our foreign ministers talk to each other.”

With The Netherlands having said some time ago they would not take part in any further military adventures in the middle east this leaves only France, beset by economic chaos and paralyzed by political scandals to join the broad coalition.

Kerry is now holding out the begging bowl to basket case nations in Africa and South America who will traditionally pledge support in return for a promise of some development aid but actually have no significant military forces to deploy. The world is sick of America’s perpetual war.

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