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Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  BladeRunner on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:31 am



This security crisis put the president's best and worst attributes on display for the whole world to judge.

The good news is we're not at war. The bad news is … almost everything else about President Obama's handling of Syria – the fumbling and flip-flopping and marble-mouthing – undercut his credibility, and possibly with it his ability to lead the nation and world.

As he addressed a global audience Tuesday night, liberal elites blindly accepted White House fiction that Russian intervention this week was somehow part of Obama's master plan. Their conservative counterparts practically rooted against a diplomatic breakthrough, preferring an Obama black eye over peace.

Obama won! Obama lost! The fact is it's too soon to keep score. In the long view of this past week, I suspect the Syria standoff will stand as an example of the best and worst of Obama's leadership. Granted, in the heat of the moment, it's far easier to catalogue the worst.

BEST:

Open-minded: The man elected in part as repudiation of President George W. Bush's narrow approach to decision-making never closed off his options. He is paying a price for waffling (more on that later), but the president deserves credit for rethinking his plan to wage war without congressional approval. For anybody unwilling to cut Obama some slack, ask yourself: What would Bush and Dick Cheney have done?

Unflappable: From all public appearances, this was the "no drama Obama" his aides brag about. Certainly, he was affected by public criticism and even swayed by polling, but the president kept searching for a way out of a complicated situation. He may have stumbled into peace but that's better than rushing into war.

Principles: He deserves credit for trying to do something about the slaughter of innocents. The "red line" that looks laughably opaque today will look better in time if (and this is a big if) Syrian chemical attacks stop. In his address from the White House, Obama made a compelling moral argument to respond to last month's chemical attack in Syria. "The world saw in gruesome detail the terrible nature of chemical weapons," the president said.

WORST:

Naive about the levers of power: Where to start? Obama reversed course on congressional authorization at the last minute, after a private chat with his chief of staff, and to the surprise of his national security team – all in violation of presidential best practices. He then left the country on a quixotic trip to Russia, allowing misgivings to grow in Congress and the public before he could build a case for striking Syria. Boxed in, Obama seized upon a Russian proposal to put Syria's weapons in the hands of the international community. It's an impractical solution, a fig leaf. Either Obama trusts Russian President Vladimir Putin (a mistake) or he is a partner in deceit (an outrage). A Democratic strategist who works closely with the White House, and who requested anonymity to avoid political retribution, told me, "This has been one of the most humiliating episodes in presidential history."

Too cute by half: Obama and his allies are masters of "spin," packaging partial truths and outright distortions to a malleable public. With Syria, their dark arts are on full display. There is no other way to explain the White House disowning Secretary of State John Kerry's call for Syria to turn over its stockpiles until the savvy Putin seized on the off-the-cuff remark as a way to protect ally Bashar al-Assad. Suddenly, the White House is touting the Putin plan as their brainchild, an outcome Obama had in mind when he travelled to Russia. Don't buy it. A broader problem is the Obama White House's inability to break through the clutter of 21st century media to educate and persuade Americans on policy, a communications conundrum that dates to the 2009 health-care debate.

No friends: No student of the presidency would claim that Obama's problems with Congress could be solved simply by schmoozing them. There are structural and political problems that no amount of alcohol can solve. But as a matter of history and common sense, Obama could do better for himself and his causes if he got to know Congress better – if he listened and engaged in a way that pushes leaders toward solutions that help both sides. Instead, Obama has what one former top adviser called a "check-the-box" approach to Washington relations. He'll spend enough time to maintain appearances, nothing more, and lectures people who demand to be heard. And so, as he faced an international and constitutional crisis, Obama and his team were in a familiar state: isolated, insular, and alone.

Whenever his leadership is questioned, Obama and his allies accuse the critics of overstating the powers of the presidency and understating the intransigence of the opposition. Their argument has some merit. At home, the presidency has ceded power to Congress in recent years and the Republican Party is unusually obstinate. Abroad, Putin, Assad, and other nefarious world leaders cannot be swayed by reason alone. But Obama bears more responsibility than he is willing to admit, and polls show a growing number of voters are questioning his leadership.
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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  Gomezz Adddams on Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:06 pm

This: "This has been one of the most humiliating episodes in presidential history."

Thankfully I had to work last night and missed the Obozo's incoherence.
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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  Freedom Forever on Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:31 pm

Fell asleep (literally) within 3 minutes of the start of his speech.

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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  sodaknomad on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:08 pm

I didn't have a Barry's Bullshit Bingo card available, so I took a deep gulp of beer, rolled over on the couch and fell back to sleep.
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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  Skeptical on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:12 pm

sodaknomad wrote:I didn't have a Barry's Bullshit Bingo card available, so I took a deep gulp of beer, rolled over on the couch and fell back to sleep.
Allow me to assist you.

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Post  sodaknomad on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:53 pm

Thank you. I'll need to save it for future reference.
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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  Gomezz Adddams on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:54 pm

I've always enjoyed Stephen Green's drunk blogging of the debates and now he drunk blogs Obozo's speech. Too funny:

http://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2013/09/10/drunkblogging-tsyria/
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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  Darth Cheney on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:30 pm

Skeptical wrote:
sodaknomad wrote:I didn't have a Barry's Bullshit Bingo card available, so I took a deep gulp of beer, rolled over on the couch and fell back to sleep.
Allow me to assist you.

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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  Skeptical on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:34 pm

Darth Cheney wrote:
Skeptical wrote:
sodaknomad wrote:I didn't have a Barry's Bullshit Bingo card available, so I took a deep gulp of beer, rolled over on the couch and fell back to sleep.
Allow me to assist you.

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Post  Freedom Forever on Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:42 pm

Gomezz Adddams wrote:I've always enjoyed Stephen Green's drunk blogging of the debates and now he drunk blogs Obozo's speech. Too funny:

http://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2013/09/10/drunkblogging-tsyria/

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“My fellow Americans… ”

First lie out of the way.
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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  BladeRunner on Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:41 am

LOL.

Even I can't believe those over at GPLV are saying Obama's Syria speech was great. Are they serious?

Here's a great synopsis of the speech--and how incoherent and inconsistent it was:




Telegraph’s Nile Gardiner wrote:Billed as a game-changer on Syria, the President’s White House addresslanded with a thud that could be heard as far away as Damascus. Barack Obama has a huge credibility problem on Syria
Dana Milbank wrote:Obama’s leadership, particularly in his second term, can most charitably be described as subtle. But he is so subtle that he sometimes appears to be a bystander.
The Associated Press wrote:OBAMA: “We know the Assad regime was responsible…. The facts cannot be denied.”

THE FACTS: The Obama administration has not laid out proof Assad was behind the attack.
John Harris at Politico wrote:Two weeks of zig-zag foreign policy by President Barack Obama — marching to war one moment, clinging desperately to diplomacy the next — culminated Tuesday night, appropriately enough, in a zig-zag address to the nation that did little to clarify what will come next in the Syria crisis but shined a glaring hot light on the debate in the president’s own mind. …
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Re: Syria Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Barack Obama

Post  Skeptical on Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:32 am

Even I can't believe those over at GPLV are saying Obama's Syria speech was great. Are they serious?
Surely you jest!

That gang of Rachel Maddow and Chris Mattehews wannabes would not stray from the Deborah Wasserman Schultz talking points!


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Post  BladeRunner on Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:19 am

As far as the libs....I do believe it. Liberalism a terrible disease that strips human beings of their sight and hearing.

Some of the others that said Obama's speech was great, I am pretty surprised.

And....don't call me Surely.....
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Post  Gomezz Adddams on Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:38 am

BladeRunner wrote:LOL.

Even I can't believe those over at GPLV are saying Obama's Syria speech was great. Are they serious?

Here's a great synopsis of the speech--and how incoherent and inconsistent it was:




Telegraph’s Nile Gardiner wrote:Billed as a game-changer on Syria, the President’s White House addresslanded with a thud that could be heard as far away as Damascus. Barack Obama has a huge credibility problem on Syria
Dana Milbank wrote:Obama’s leadership, particularly in his second term, can most charitably be described as subtle. But he is so subtle that he sometimes appears to be a bystander.
The Associated Press wrote:OBAMA: “We know the Assad regime was responsible…. The facts cannot be denied.”

THE FACTS: The Obama administration has not laid out proof Assad was behind the attack.
John Harris at Politico wrote:Two weeks of zig-zag foreign policy by President Barack Obama — marching to war one moment, clinging desperately to diplomacy the next — culminated Tuesday night, appropriately enough, in a zig-zag address to the nation that did little to clarify what will come next in the Syria crisis but shined a glaring hot light on the debate in the president’s own mind. …
Consider the source: Super Dave. He tees up his shot and hits a solid mulligan.

"Watching President Obama's speech right now.  I have to say, I couldn't be more proud of our country's president."

Woof!  

But all is well because the Obozo ended his speech as a "true believer" in American exceptionalism (I guess he forgot about his previous remark about Brits and Greeks - http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/09/obama-now-promotes-american-exceptionalism), a remark he was bitched slapped by Vladimir for making.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?_r=0
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