Will Obama go solo on Syria?

posted at 12:01 pm on August 30, 2013 by Bruce McQuain

The likely answer is “yes” since it appears the administration is of the opinion that if it doesn’t act, it will appear weak and ineffective.  Demagoguery and ego have combined to get us to this point. There seems no way out without a military response. However, the question remains how effective any strike on Syria will be in reality if it is, as the President has said, short, limited and tailored (just muscular enough not to be mocked).

After leaking the proposed plan all over the place it is unsurprising that what most of us knew would happen has begun to happen in Syria:

In recent days, U.S. intelligence agencies and the Pentagon have watched with alarm as Mr. Assad has taken advantage of the Western deliberations to spread out his forces, complicating U.S. planning for strikes.

“We know [Assad] has been dispersing assets,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on the intelligence.

U.S. officials said Mr. Assad has moved assets such as military helicopters and artillery pieces around the country, forcing a U.S. recalibration of the possible military response.

If Mr. Obama sticks with what originally was a finite set of prospective military and intelligence targets, officials said, then cruise-missile strikes would cause less damage than originally intended because at least some of the targets have been taken out of the line of fire.

Officials said Mr. Obama could adjust to Mr. Assad’s tactics by expanding the number of strikes to hit more targets, but doing so could increase the risk that U.S. cruise missiles will cause unintended damage, including civilian casualties, officials said.

Another senior official said the dispersal of Mr. Assad’s military assets was “certainly detrimental” to target planning.

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, US military officers have deep concerns over a strike on Syria:

The recently retired head of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. James Mattis, said last month at a security conference that the United States has “no moral obligation to do the impossible” in Syria. “If Americans take ownership of this, this is going to be a full-throated, very, very serious war,” said Mattis, who as Centcom chief oversaw planning for a range of U.S. military responses in Syria.

The potential consequences of a U.S. strike include a retaliatory attack by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah — which supports Assad — on Israel, as well as cyberattacks on U.S. targets and infrastructure, U.S. military officials said.

And it also stirs the possibility of terror attacks on US embassies, interests abroad and even the homeland.  Gen. Mattis is correct.  If the US strikes Syria, then the US takes ownership of this war.  By that I mean if Assad then uses chemical weapons again, we’re in a position of having no choice but to address their use again.

Marine Lt. Col. Gordon Miller, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, warned this week of “potentially devastating consequences, including a fresh round of chemical weapons attacks and a military response by Israel.”

“If President Asadwere to absorb the strikes and use chemical weapons again, this would be a significant blow to the United States’ credibility and it would be compelled to escalate the assault on Syria to achieve the original objectives,” Miller wrote in a commentary for the think tank.

An acceptable risk?

Even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has tried to warn the administration off of this path:

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has warned in great detail about the risks and pitfalls of U.S. military intervention in Syria.

“As we weigh our options, we should be able to conclude with some confidence that use of force will move us toward the intended outcome,” Dempsey wrote last month in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Once we take action, we should be prepared for what comes next. Deeper involvement is hard to avoid.”

Dempsey has not spoken publicly about the administration’s planned strike on Syria, and it is unclear to what extent his position shifted after last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack. Dempsey said this month in an interview with ABC News that the lessons of Iraq weigh heavily on his calculations regarding Syria.

“It has branded in me the idea that the use of military power must be part of an overall strategic solution that includes international partners and a whole of government,” he said in the Aug. 4 interview. “The application of force rarely produces and, in fact, maybe never produces the outcome we seek.”

But the application of force seems to be the only tool in the Obama bag at the moment.  And Dempsey is correct.  It isn’t particularly difficult for the US to reach out and swat someone.  But what is and always has been difficult is to predict what will follow such an application of force.  The law of unintended consequences has a terrible history of rearing its ugly head each and every time force is applied in this manner.

As for the critical question, the question that all military operational planners ask first and then tailor a plan to achieve … well there is no obvious answer.

“What is the political end state we’re trying to achieve?” said a retired senior officer involved in Middle East operational planning who said his concerns are widely shared by active-duty military leaders. “I don’t know what it is. We say it’s not regime change. If it’s punishment, there are other ways to punish.” The former senior officer said that those who are expressing alarm at the risks inherent in the plan “are not being heard other than in a pro-forma manner.”.

The administration can’t answer that question and has provided no guidance about endstate to those stuck planning this misadventure. And, as noted, while there may be a semblance of debate, in fact the administration is likely going through the motions of “listening to all sides” when, in fact, the decision to act militarily has been decided.  It is down to how big or how small the strike will be.  And, as we see above, Assad is doing everything he can to make Obama’s deliberations and decision making as difficult as he can

~McQ


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All systems are go for “Operation Don’t Mock Me!”

PackerBronco on August 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Like Trayvon, Obama feels dissed.

rogerb on August 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

And it also stirs the possibility of terror attacks on US embassies, interests abroad and even the homeland.

Don’t be silly. That only becomes a concern if some rogue filmmaker posts an offensive video on YouTube.

Doughboy on August 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

To be honest, I’m kind of getting to the point of saying “let it burn, and let’s drill our own.”

Mohonri on August 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The likely answer is “yes”

NOT if the GOP House in emergency session passes a resolution opposing.

Or will the GOP (by doing nothing) support Obama yet again… after playing the base along, of course?

kunegetikos on August 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

After he launches his attack on Syria will Obama wear a hoodie for the White HOuse Situation Room Photo????

Or will he go play golf?

Or both?

albill on August 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

If it happens it will be the first war that was ever fought over a President’s bruised ego.

HotAirian on August 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

It is personal for the One-Who-Will-Not-Be-Mocked.

It is also psychotic megalomania.

“Ship’s Doctor to the Bridge! On the double!!! Captain Queeg just lost his marbles. Something about strawberries.”

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

So after 2 weeks of warnings, the admin is “surprised” assad is moving his equipment to new locations.

Starting an air campaign due to obama’s ego is the worst way to fight a war
what are our objectives
how will they measure the results
what happens if russia steps in.
what proof does obama have that assad used the chemical weapons and not his opposition
can we believe obama, considering his benghazi lies.
How can this be legal if no approval by congress or UN resolutions

Why is this americas problem anyway
where are the allies, no colalition?

is this only because obama can use it as an excuse in the budget crisis coming up.

what happens if obama hits a chemical storage facilitys and ends up gassing all the civilians down wind.

sniffles1999 on August 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

GWB:

- recalled the ambassador to Syria
- got a 41 countries gang on board for Iraq, via UN and the approval of congress, with Hillary on board in the senate, Kerry too, the buffoon

obama:

- sends ambassador back to Syria
- Hillary, his SoS, says that “Asaad is our friend”
- derides Asaad shortly after
- UN ambassador, communist Samantha Power, is in her native Ireland on vacation, when her Syria peeve is to be discussed; rest of UN are also on vacation
- UN is clueless on who used the chemical weapons
- obama doesn’t care who used them, even though he doesn’t know who did
- congress is ignored
- congress is derelict in enabling obama, with all in the senate, except Inohofe, for the fiasco, whatever it ends up being, not being
- British parliament sends obama and Cmeron to Hell, elegantly
- the Nobel recipient is now Cheney on steroids, heh
- the leftists against war are all hypocrites, yes you, the slave of HA too
- the clock with Russia is spinning, and in the reverse direction
- Putin has Snowden and laughs his head off at his good fortune in oaf obama
- the Chinese are furious that Sisi overturned Morsi, with whom they’d signed an 11 super-agreements deal – Morsi visited Beijing ahead of DC
- the Iranians can’t believe their good fortune
- Israel…either on their own, in it, or ready to take on Iran, with or without the US…if Iran doesn’t behave.
- 100,000 dead, blood on the hands of obama/Hillary, never to forget, and more to flow, lots more

Even though the oafish narcissistic CiC intentionally diminished the US, and this is all in sight, the result of it, I’m incredibly schadenfreudig at it all.

It is marvelous to witness obama and the world, the US too, to get what they cheered for.

We live in extraordinary times.

p.s. the USA sheepleton are out X-mas shopping, in August.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Syria is prepping their Skittles air-raid sirens…

hillsoftx on August 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I just read that Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press journalist Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last week’s chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia. Weapons provided by the SAUDI’S.

The Saudi’s are not our friends. Maybe the friends of US politicians.

Since obama is supporting the al qaida linked rebels and it is found that the rebels have fired the chemical weapons, shouldn’t the Russians go in and attack the rebels?

Nice going obama and all the previous POTUS’ that jumped in bed with the Saudi’s

Philo Beddoe on August 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

It’s a dictator thang.

Pork-Chop on August 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Calling Bmore – my friend, please bring up the Messina/obama pic, replace Messina with Hollande, and make Cameron watch, with regret.

Then send to RWM and pipe it out yourself too.

Made for today!!!

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

So, let me let me try to understand this…when Dubya stood up and defended our staunchest ally, Israel, in front of those who would destroy God’s Chosen People in a heartbeat, that was “cowboy diplomacy”.
But, when The Manchurian President refuses to justify to the American People, an unjustifiable military operation, which will place our Brightest and Best in harm’s way, in order to set up a possible regime change, so that his Radical Muslim”Allies” can rise to Power, , that’s not “cowboy diplomacy”, that’s “protecting the citizens of Syria”.

Sure, Scooter. And September 11, 2001, was not the largest Terrorist Attack ever perpetrated on American Soil…it was the world’s largest “Man-Caused Disaster”.

You warned us that you would “stand with the Muslims” should the political winds blow in an ugly direction”.

And, this appears to be a promise you actually intend to keep regardless of its effect on our closest ally, or the citizens of the nation whom you are sworn to protect…and serve.

kingsjester on August 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Whatever he does, or does not do, having put himself in this incredible pickle, he’ll ferment in there and we will mock him.

More so, the entire world will do so, not that they don’t deserve him. They cheered for him, they got him!!! Schadenfreude pure!!!

The timing is perfect too – G20 in Russia next week.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Even Assad’s 11-year old son thinks Obama is a wimp.
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/facebook-post-said-to-be-by-assads-son-dares-americans-to-attack/?_r=0

albill on August 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Slave of HA, are you out protesting the war, in your pink outfit?

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Will Obama go solo on Syria?

The likely answer is “yes” since it appears the administration is of the opinion that if it doesn’t act, it will appear weak and ineffective.

Yeah, because bombing the crap out of Syria makes so much sense. What’s the strategic end state? What happens if Assad uses chemical weapons again?

Face it, just like taking sides in Syria, there is no good option here. Syrians are going to die because the thin-skinned rat drew a line in the sand like Gadaffi.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Isolate him, freeze him, polarize him.

Oh, and mock him.

rrpjr on August 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

this is how Lil Kim in North Korea behaves when he been dissed. He stomp his feet, fire a few missiles over to Japan, and the world proceeds to laughing at and ignoring him again.

Nice work, champ.

ted c on August 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

sesqui, defend this war, pinkie.

Bushhitler is recovering from surgery and has nothing to do with it.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

obama is Dick Cheney, on steroids.

Nobel died in his grave, again.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Obama’s mouth wrote a check he had no intention of cashing. The Middle East called his bluff. And here we are with the military poised to bail out President Redline’s international street cred. facepalm

HatfieldMcCoy on August 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Kinda feel sorry for the One-Who-Will-Not-Be-Mocked.

From unicorns to a eunuch is so short a time.

//

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Remember Hitler’s Generals did not want to invade Russia? Those large ears were not made for listening. They were made for transmitting stupid beam waves.

birdwatcher on August 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The thin-skinned platinum-sprayed horseturd will not be mocked, heh.

That clown in MO was nothing…the annals of history will record.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

All systems are go for “Operation Don’t Mock Me!”

PackerBronco on August 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Operation Ego-Drop

NotCoach on August 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Sorries only for the stupid land the US has become.

She brung/kept him. Now the chickens are truly coming home to roost.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Operation Egofark

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

As I blogged earlier this week, if Obama is smart, he will stay away from Syria.

If . . .

WannabeAnglican on August 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

So who are the generals that are going to march into the oval office and remove this POS in a straight jacket..

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

All systems are go for “Operation Don’t Mock Me!”

PackerBronco on August 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Kerry is supposedly going to make the case for attack at 12:30. Isn’t that the job of the President and not the 2004 runner-up for the job?

Seriously, if we are going to bomb another country and put our sailors at risk on those destroyers, the least the lazy rat-eared bastard can do is put on his big boy pants and act like a leader.

If Syrians are going to die because of his bruised ego, then he should be the one making the case to the public.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

“The entire world is racist” — Chris Matthews, OrgasmoObamanator

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Joe Biden is trying to find the telephone number to their website.

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

As I blogged earlier this week, if Obama is smart, he will stay away from Syria.

If . . .

WannabeAnglican on August 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

But he will be mocked either way – therein lies the beauty of the self-made pickle which is obama. It has been years in the making.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

thanks for the advice generals, don’t let the door hit you on the way out
-obama

cmsinaz on August 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

The affirmative action lazy assed jive talking community organizer is going to get his ass handed to him.

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM

The likely answer is “yes” since it appears the administration is of the opinion that if it doesn’t act, it will appear weak and ineffective.

Way.Too.Late.

ShainS on August 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM

If Obama orders the strikes, and they are not popular, can he blame the decision on an obscure video?

exhelodrvr on August 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM

kingsjester‏@kingsjester1

“Whadduya mean, 80% of Americans think I should talk to Congress before attacking Syria. What do they know?” #HeWhoShallNotBeMocked

kingsjester on August 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Rodeo Clown of the United States shall not be mocked…!

Seven Percent Solution on August 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

It is all about optics…optics…got it.

In matters of war, Kerry is the only highly decorated war hero in the Cabinet…has gravitas, you know.

Besides…remember Obama rules…always, always, always have somebody out there to blame when things go to hell.

Kerry with fall on the sword when politely asked.

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

All systems are go for “Operation Don’t Mock Me!”

PackerBronco on August 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Kerry is supposedly going to make the case for attack at 12:30. Isn’t that the job of the President and not the 2004 runner-up for the job?

Seriously, if we are going to bomb another country and put our sailors at risk on those destroyers, the least the lazy rat-eared bastard can do is put on his big boy pants and act like a leader.

If Syrians are going to die because of his bruised ego, then he should be the one making the case to the public.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Operation Fredo. “I want respect damnit!”

slickwillie2001 on August 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

The likely answer is “yes” since it appears the administration is of the opinion that if it doesn’t act, it will appear weak and ineffective. It already appears weak and ineffective!

rjoco1 on August 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

How many of you are getting Al Jazeera America as part of you subscription TV package? I checked my Verizion fios programming and noticed it is part of my subscption. I am writing Verizon and telling them I do not want to subsidize this radical islamist mouthpeice. You should do the same if your package has it as well.
Also Sen. McCain is sponsiring a bill that would allow you to have the choice to have this kind of programming removed from your bill.
Please call your Senator and tell them to support the al la carte programming bill.

paulsur on August 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

And whatever happened to Fredo??? Hmmmm? :-)

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

One cruise missile into a tent in the middle of the desert, with Obama and his “team” looking on from the “crisis” room, with satellite feed, and intent look on their faces…that should do it.

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Operation “Wipe That Smirk Off Your Face”

exhelodrvr on August 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Do not put troops in syria. knock out the 6 airfields with cruise missles. after world says bad and innefective bomb the airfields again.

Keep bombing the airfields once a month. nothing else.

gerrym51 on August 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

From a lawyer who doesn’t know a tort from a tart to a President who doesn’t know how to lead from pouring piss out of a boot with the instructions printed on the heel.

Windsweeping on August 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

since it appears the administration is of the opinion that if it doesn’t act, it will appear weak and ineffective.

Bit late to be worried about that particular first impression. wheeeeeeeeeeeee

Jeddite on August 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

kerry getting ready to give a pep rally for going to war…

ugh

cmsinaz on August 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

So what happens if the navy commanders refuse to fire the cruise missiles.

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

“The entire world is racist” — Chris Matthews, OrgasmoObamanator

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

True. Especially all those “white Middle Eastern” people.

Doughboy on August 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Temper Tantrum, missiles, bombs. Some assembly required

ted c on August 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

“We know [Assad] has been dispersing assets,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on the intelligence.

Assad is evil but unlike Barry Obama, he is not stupid.

AZCoyote on August 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Here’s The Rodeo Song for Obama. Must see. NSFW

birdwatcher on August 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Using air assets to intervene in an artillery war… smooth move, Exlax.

What this has a very good chance of getting is Fast & Furious writ large with an jihadi using a US MANPAD supplied to Libya, then transferred to Syria, which was covered up by attacking our Ambassador in Libya and killing him, being fired at a US air asset and taking it down. Yessirree Bob! Americans with their own weapons that they supplied to the ENEMY.

Doesn’t get any better than that if you’re Obama.

ajacksonian on August 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

“The entire world is racist” — Chris Matthews, OrgasmoObamanator

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

tingles never lets us down, does he

cmsinaz on August 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

One cruise missile into a tent in the middle of the desert, with Obama and his “team” looking on from the “crisis” room, with satellite feed, and intent look on their faces…that should do it.

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

You got it. “Intent look” carefully and timely staged between the card-playing sessions.

rrpjr on August 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

So who is the good guy we will be supporting if we strike?

I want to make sure I understand the situation, we have Muslims/jihadis killing each other and we want to get in the middle of it. Nothing galvanizes these people together more than their pure hatred of the US and Israel. So why do we want to get involved if we don’t have someone to support?

tommer74 on August 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

And it also stirs the possibility of terror attacks on US embassies, interests abroad and even the homeland.

Which, because of its obvious foreseeability, means that such attacks may be a goal of the 0b00ba cabal. But not to worry, our police are so militarized… they can handle anything.

Akzed on August 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Obama is so adorable when he tries to convince himself he’s BUTCH.

Demonized on August 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Sorry about that, here’s the link. NSFW

birdwatcher on August 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

The affirmative action lazy assed jive talking community organizer is going to get his ass handed to him.

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM

He pretty much already has. There is no good way out of the mess he has created here. Unfortunately, this blithering idiot of a man is taking the U.S.’ reputation down the toilet with him.

AZCoyote on August 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

And do remember that the Kurds told us that AQ got chemical weapons documents and training from Saddam, that we found a chemical weapons testing area in Afghanistan run by AQ… so what are the chances of AQ staging a CW attack to blame on Assad?

Wouldn’t that be great? Aiding the side that spoofs a chemical weapons attack? This situation has Charlie-Foxtrot written all over it.

ajacksonian on August 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

How many of you are getting Al Jazeera America as part of you subscription TV package? I checked my Verizion fios programming and noticed it is part of my subscption. I am writing Verizon and telling them I do not want to subsidize this radical islamist mouthpeice. You should do the same if your package has it as well.

Also Sen. McCain is sponsiring a bill that would allow you to have the choice to have this kind of programming removed from your bill.
Please call your Senator and tell them to support the al la carte programming bill. paulsur on August 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Comcast hung up on me. If McCain can get this enacted, he will recover a bit of his reputation – if only so that we can opt out of this propaganda.

Akzed on August 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Like Trayvon, Obama feels dissed.

rogerb on August 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

And like Trayvon, he’s about to bring Skittles to a gunfight.

CurtZHP on August 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

ajacksonian on August 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Exactly. Obama is attacking Assad, when he does not know if he was actually responsible for the chemical attack in the first place.

And, then, the WH insists that is not about “Regime Change”

Riiight.

kingsjester on August 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

So who is the good guy we will be supporting if we strike?

tommer74 on August 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

To build on that, is there a strategic goal which coincides with U.S. national interests? I don’t see any opportunity. All we can do is blow shit up and kill a few random people.

ElectricPhase on August 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

It is all about optics…optics…got it.

In matters of war, Kerry is the only highly decorated war hero in the Cabinet…has gravitas, you know.

Besides…remember Obama rules…always, always, always have somebody out there to blame when things go to hell.

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

But we’re talking about Captain Kickass here. He personally “got” OBL and didn’t even have to leave the golf course to do it! I’d expect ordinary Presidents to hide behind noted anti-Vietnam activists but not Obama! He’s Jack Bauer, James Bond, and Rambo all rolled up into a big-eared thin-skinned package.

I wonder if Susan Rice has already been booked on all the Sunday talk shows to lie her ass off about why Syrians are going to die. Because she can’t admit the truth. This is all about keeping Obama (not the United States) from looking weak and feckless.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Hilarious…

… Except there are people walking around alive right now that will be dead if the Rodeo Clown of the United States pours gas on this campfire.

And my fear is many of them will be fellow Americans…

Seven Percent Solution on August 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Where are the God Damn Generals? Are there no adults running this country anymore??? Has everybody lost their f……. minds?

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Our Pres is a ‘pencil necked geek”

rjoco1 on August 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Maybe Obama can get Kerry to throw his Nobel Peace Prize over the White House fence?

ShainS on August 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

And, then, the WH insists that is not about “Regime Change”

Riiight.

kingsjester on August 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

But what if regime change occurs as a result? What’s Captain Kickass’s plan then? It is almost as if he’s trying to turn Syria over to Al Qaeda the same way he let it happen in Egypt and Libya. And do we really expect that Syria won’t respond either against US interests, those destroyers, or Israel?

It is not a good weekend to be in Tel Aviv, may God protect them from the arrogance of our worthless President.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

kingsjester on August 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

And likely to get US airmen shot down with weapons we supplied to the Libyan ‘rebels’, to boot!

I gots problems with Assad, but the time to deal with that was when he was actually aiding the enemy to attack us in Iraq: that is a reason to go after a Nation.

We didn’t do that.

Obama isn’t citing it.

So that is now perfectly allowable behavior to have from a Nation: to participate in aiding and abetting one side over another and not get called on the carpet for it.

What a grand and glorious Brave New World we are heading into!

And those who cry about ‘International Law’? Where are they on the enforcement provisions of the CWC? If they can’t come out NOW to support that treaty, then they are no good, at all, to listen to on any topic. Point this out the next time some Leftist spouts ‘International Law’. They don’t support it. They don’t even know what it is.

ajacksonian on August 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

This is all about keeping Obama (not the United States) from looking weak and feckless.

At this point, given the numerous missteps, miscalculations, naivete, incompetence, and blunders that this President has embarked on regarding foreign policy, there is very little that he can do that will reverse the image of him being weak and feckless.

It is who he is.

Athos on August 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Narcissistic Personality Disorder gets worse and can cause major problems I think I remember some shrink saying. Somebody lock this looney tune in a rubber room

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

And Obama is making the US look weak and ineffective.

That is the POINT of his Administration.

This is not a BUG, it is a FEATURE.

ajacksonian on August 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

That’s what happens when you elect an amateur. A political hack from Chicago who is in way over his pointed head and jug ears.

GarandFan on August 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Where are the God Damn Generals? Are there no adults running this country anymore??? Has everybody lost their f……. minds?

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Where have you been, Eagle? He fired all the Generals

He is starting WWIII and he knows it.

Key West Reader on August 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Kind of reminds me of the whole thing with North Korea beating it’s chest a few months ago and then absolutely nothing happened.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Narcissistic Personality Disorder gets worse and can cause major problems I think I remember some shrink saying. Somebody lock this looney tune in a rubber room

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I once had somebody working for me with NPD. It wasn’t pretty.

When it comes to the Presidency, I can only imagine how being surrounded by people whose whole world is centered on you can really make the NPD worse. Think about it, not only immediate staff but you are the center of attention wherever you go. You can order up a helicopter on a whim. You travel in your very own 747…… It has to be hard for sane people from not getting a swelled ego. But we have Obama. His ego has been crushed so Syrians have to die.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Lurch ala Kerry finally got to the podium. O believes he needs to consult with the Congress and the American people. I am gagging.

CoffeeLover on August 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

John Kerry speaking now. Does anyone lend credence to anything he says? A proven liar.

birdwatcher on August 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Thanks Key West,,,I guess I lost my head.

retiredeagle on August 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Like Trayvon, Obama feels dissed.

rogerb on August 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

And like Trayvon, he’s about to bring Skittles to a gunfight.

CurtZHP on August 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

This will make Putin afraid

/Mock till ya drop

Key West Reader on August 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

FACEBOOK WAR: ASSAD SON TAUNTS OBAMA!

That’s it, now it’s war, nobody disses Obama on Facebook, forget the strongly worded memo, the hard hitting Tweets, this is Facebook, and nobody does Obama on Facebook…this is the kind of thing that pushes someone like Obama over the edge and pushes the “button”.

Oh yeah, wait until Obama uploads his stealth fighter photos…

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Kerry lied! Medals died!

birdwatcher on August 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

John Kerry speaking now. Does anyone lend credence to anything he says? A proven liar.

birdwatcher on August 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I think he should go out to the WH lawn and throw his own ass over the fence.

Key West Reader on August 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

If he says “we know” one more time,I am going to puke.

CoffeeLover on August 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Another Kerry BS story.

birdwatcher on August 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Obama so tough he gonna lob this here ball and hit Putin right in his noggin

Uh huh… Obama – he tough!

/Mockage

Key West Reader on August 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Why is Kerry making the case instead of Obama?
So he won’t get blamed

cmsinaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

cmsinaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

O is a wussie. He thinks his hands can remain clean.

CoffeeLover on August 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

President Obama – an incompetent surrounded by incompetents that he appointed – not based on their skills in foreign policy, but based on their ideological loyalty.

Athos on August 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Hillary’s watching this somewhere, saying, “Thank God that’s not me standing there.”

kingsjester on August 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Well it won’t be a long war…I believe he has a tee time on Saturday morning…

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

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