Open thread: Desperate man tries to convince world he has faintest idea of what he’s doing

posted at 8:41 pm on September 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

9 p.m. ET all across the dial on cable news. Peggy Noonan calls it, correctly, “a White House address in which a president argues for an endeavor he is abandoning. It will be a president appealing for public support for an action he intends not to take.” Safe bets:

He will claim the moral high ground. He will temporarily reserve the use of force and welcome recent diplomatic efforts. He will suggest it was his threat of force that forced a possible diplomatic solution. His people will be all over the airwaves saying it was his deft leadership and steely-eyed threat to use force that allowed for a diplomatic break.

The real purpose of the speech will be to lay the predicate for a retrospective judgment of journalists and, later, historians. He was the president who warned the world and almost went—but didn’t go—to war to make a point that needed making.

Politico, while being careful to damn American institutions generally for the fiasco of the past two weeks, has an apt verdict on The One himself: “Barack Obama’s unsteady handling of the Syria crisis has been an avert-your-gaze moment in the history of the modern presidency — highlighting his unsettled views and unattractive options in a way that has caused his enemies to cackle and supporters to cringe.” Nonetheless, Noonan’s right. Expect the talking point for the rest of the week to be that this was Obama’s Cuban Missile Crisis, that he prevailed by coolly staring down the Russian bear and … letting himself be dragged to safety by Vladimir Putin at the last moment. One obvious difference between this and the Missile Crisis is that the missiles really were withdrawn from Cuba. The great American hope of disarming Assad at the UN won’t go nearly as well, per Yochi Dreazen:

Finding and securing all of Assad’s sites would be the first major challenge of implementing the Russian plan, but it would be far from the only one. The U.S. and allied personnel would then have to separate the chemical substances themselves from the warheads of his rockets, artillery shells or missiles that had been designed to carry them to their targets. The work itself would be carried out by either robots or specially-trained troops, but it would still be time-consuming and dangerous.

The next step would be to build new a new facility at each chemical weapons site to destroy all of the toxic substances. There are two basic ways to dispose of chemical weapons. One option involves spraying the chemicals themselves into specialized furnaces and then burning them at around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit for one or two seconds. Nerve agents like sarin can also be rendered largely harmless by the addition of liquid sodium hydroxide, while mustard gas can be made safe with alkaline water. Kuhlman and other experts say that either type of destruction would have to be done at individual Syrian weapons facilities because it wouldn’t be safe to move the munitions to a centralized collection point or to a country like Russia while the fighting was raging.

“Do you really want to have truckloads of chemical weapons driving around Syria during the current situation?” he asked.

It’ll cost billions and might take more than a decade to complete, all the while knowing that Assad’s allies could re-arm him with WMD virtually overnight if they needed to. But then, the point here isn’t to disarm Assad, it’s to win the test of credibility with him by getting him to admit that chemical weapons are bad, bad, bad and the he should be disarmed. Mission accomplished. Now America collectively can get back to football and whatever Miley Cyrus is up to.

Rand Paul’s promising a rebuttal speech at 10 p.m. but it’s unclear whether the cable nets will pick it up live or whether we’ll have to watch online tomorrow. Regardless, now that O’s embracing Russia’s disarmament charade, some of the contrast has been lost. Expect Paul to focus on the president’s power, or lack thereof, to wage war without congressional authorization instead of the nuts and bolts of the Syria standoff. And if you’re bored with Syria by now, good news: The Colorado recall elections and the New York City mayoral primary are both happening tonight too. It’s Anthony Weiner’s last hurrah. Here’s your thread to grieve as a community.

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canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Oh, I see a troll.

Guess the feed bag never leaves his face.

itsspideyman on September 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Putin is playing chess. Obama? Not so much… (Twitter pic)

Bruce MacMahon on September 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Judging from oboobi’s speech, well done mnjg! But we all know who flinched first and that’s the pathetic losers pretending to be smart.

AH_C on September 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM

You people are really pathetic… It is really sad to watch some people on the internet who have nothing to do but obsess over following others… Get a life people… You are nobody to me and I am nobody to you… If you and the circle of jerks like you who are obsessed following my comments all die tomorrow I would really not give a damn… In the same way if I die tomorrow no one here will give a damn…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I caught that one too…

Barred on September 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Amazing…Obummer opens his mouth and gold plummets almost ten Federal Reserve Notes an ounce and silver 20 cents. Guess investors figure he’s not going to do anything.

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canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

When it comes to foreign policy, Obama can always count on McCain and Graham to make him seem sane by comparison.

VorDaj on September 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Would you like to know why I might get fired?
Hint: Benghazi.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Sandinistas to the left of me, Contras to the right, here I am…LOL.

ndanielson on September 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

You’re not a ‘blogger’… you are a commenter. RWM has a blog…she is a blogger.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

How much does De Blasio have to get to avoid a runoff?

Mark1971 on September 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

What? Bark said he would drive a tank into Damascus himself if an attack is necessary.
Bishop on September 10, 2013 at 9:16 PM

For real? That’d make Dukakis look masculine.

lonestar1 on September 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Old & Busted:

Putin won nothing… He just told his client Assad just give up the chemical weapons or the Americans will f*** you up beyond recognition and we simply cannot do anything about it… Within four weeks the UN will be in Syria taking away Assad WMD for destruction…

mnjg on September 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

First, it is a victory because Assad is going to give up his chemical weapons without a fight…

mnjg on September 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Russia Backing Away from Fake Syria Weapons Deal

New Hotness:

Obama is now the ultimate lame duck President… He will have zero power to enact anything… More time to play golf…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Canopfor- thanks for the Rand response link so quick. :)

wolly4321 on September 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Still living rent free in your head… A blogger obsessed with following another blogger on the internet…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

You blog? Can I have a link?

Axe on September 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

And we have another request going out tonight…for mnjg…this one is for you.

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coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Time to toss those guys out of the Republican party. Totally ignoring the will of the people.

watertown on September 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Let’s try again. I was at a meeting of the Lubbock County GOP tonight. Abbott’s primary opponent, Tom Pauken spoken-and a young precinct chairman that I befriended last year..has turned out to be a WTC7 truther. Wonderful. ///

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Axe on September 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM

LOL! :)

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Old & Busted:

If I die tomorrow I am sure you do not give a damn and if you die tomorrow I will not give a damn either…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Same Whine, Different Bottle:

If you and the circle of jerks like you who are obsessed following my comments all die tomorrow I would really not give a damn… In the same way if I die tomorrow no one here will give a damn…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Somebody call a WWHHHHAAAAAMMMMMBULANCE!!!

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Whadya do?? :-)

coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Don’t forget your towel, Barack.

ndanielson on September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Run!

Seriously.

coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Why should that have anything to do with your work? You do have a right to a personal life.

Barred on September 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

I don’t know… he seems like saying it… and he thinks he can justify it by balancing it.

I’m starting to think he might wish us ill.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM

to like saying it….

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Obama asks Congress to postpone Syria vote

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canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Why should that have anything to do with your work? You do have a right to a personal life.

Barred on September 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM

I’m taking one of those ‘hello my name is…’ stickers, crossing out the top, writing ‘Remember Benghazi’ in the name part…and sticking it on my work shirt.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM

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canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Well, that might do it.

But living in Texas, it shouldn’t.

Barred on September 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

You’re not a ‘blogger’… you are a commenter. RWM has a blog…she is a blogger.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

English so hard learning.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Barred on September 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Lubbock has way too many muslims. It’s likely that if I’m told to remove it-it’ll be because one of them was offended.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Canopfor- thanks for the Rand response link so quick. :)

wolly4321 on September 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

wolly4321:Anytime,I was lucky this round!:)

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM

K-A-B-U-K-I for MORONS

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canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Old & Busted:

Putin won nothing… He just told his client Assad just give up the chemical weapons or the Americans will f*** you up beyond recognition and we simply cannot do anything about it… Within four weeks the UN will be in Syria taking away Assad WMD for destruction…

mnjg on September 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

First, it is a victory because Assad is going to give up his chemical weapons without a fight…

mnjg on September 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Russia Backing Away from Fake Syria Weapons Deal

New Hotness:

Obama is now the ultimate lame duck President… He will have zero power to enact anything… More time to play golf…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:19 PM

SCoaMF!!!

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canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Don’t forget your towel, Barack.

ndanielson on September 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

A+

Del Dolemonte on September 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM

blink on September 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Her. She implied that it was wrong to judge muslims because any person can do evil…and that we can’t prevent another 9/11 until we have all the ‘facts’ about what occurred in 2001.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM

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‘We may have come up a little bit short.’

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Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM

If you and the circle of jerks like you who are obsessed following my comments all die tomorrow I would really not give a damn… In the same way if I die tomorrow no one here will give a damn…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

No, you’re wrong, a lot of us would give a damn if you died tomorrow.
Would you want flowers or prefer something in lieu of them? Let us know the funeral home/cemetery. I’ll have my ranch hands on the ready to fill up a box of cow manure to send when that time comes.

TXUS on September 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM

WAIT IGNORE FORGET
The Obama Strategy in a nutshell

gordo on September 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Delusional & Mental

What amuses me is how some bloggers get so obsessed with other bloggers… I do not know you personally and you do not know me personally but yet I am living rent free in your little brain….

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

FULL-BLOWN ‘T@RD:

Still living rent free in your head… A blogger obsessed with following another blogger on the internet…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

When it comes to foreign policy, Obama can always count on McCain and Graham to make him seem sane by comparison.

VorDaj on September 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM

VorDaj:Could be’s:)

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Obama: “To my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with the failure to act when a cause is so plainly just.”

Since when did he consider anyone on the right to be anything other than his enemy? He must be getting very desperate or going mad.

VorDaj on September 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM

This might seem silly, but why are we engaged in a military strike debate over the type of weapon Assad can use to slaughter his own citizens?

What happened to “He has to go?”

Now, “He can stay but he can only kill people with conventional weapons… or else! Strong memo to follow.”

This is the brilliant strategy of Captain Clueless, tooling around international waters in his toy boat?

Does Barry prefer a caliber of bullet or is Assad free to use whatever he likes, so long as it doesn’t have a chemical within 100 yards?

Does this debate not feel surreal?

IndieDogg on September 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

McCain needs to be sent to the “home” and now…right now!

Lindsay…well…he just needs to go to hell.

coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 10:35 PM

coldwarrior: I agree,there needs to be a new push,for,


a RINO PURGATION!:)

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

‘We may have come up a little bit short.’

– FOUR PERCENT Anthony Weiner

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Resist We Much:Haha,you always make me laugh,er,smirk—–:0

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM

I wonder why the founders never put a clause in the Constitution that we could dissolve the government at some point and just start over.

There are so few competent people in DC. How did they get so much power over our lives?

I think we just lost the Middle East forever today. I hope Israel is going to be okay, but I don’t think we have any influence there at all anymore. It’s sort of like the planes out of Saigon… we just turned it over to Russia. Of course if there was any hope Obama could buy a clue I might be sadder about it. But when the stupidest man in the country is in the Whitehouse, it is a miracle we didn’t get nuked.

Actually the fall was pretty gentle. I hope it doesn’t get any worse than this.

petunia on September 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM

WAIT IGNORE FORGET
The Obama Strategy in a nutshell

gordo on September 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

It’s Wait, Ignore, Forget, and Declare Total Victory.

Punchenko on September 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM

In all my scant years, I’ve never seen more presidentiality from a president (peace be upon him).

steebo77 on September 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Obama is now the ultimate lame duck President… He will have zero power to enact anything… More time to play golf…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:19 PM

What a difference a day makes.

steebo77 on September 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

IndieDogg on September 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

I can see the heads in DC explode when Assad brings out the Comfy Chair.

coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM

“Chemical weapons make “no distinction between soldier and infant.”

- Obama speech

Astounding. There are weapons that DO????!!

Meremortal on September 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I feel asleep, was just awesomely awesome?

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Well Cindy, we are striking with non-pinprick weapons that discriminate between soldiers and infants, or something. If we strike, which won’t happen for probably 10 years while we try to pin down Assad and take his weapons away without overthrowing him and thereby saving the world because we’re good and by golly, people like us.

I think that about covers it.

Meremortal on September 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM

I feel asleep, was just awesomely awesome?

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Pretty standard until he put the Scimitar on the podium and started speaking in some weird foreign language. I got bored — foreign film feel to it — turned on SyFy to see if the Cos-play show was on.

Axe on September 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Meremortal on September 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Wow, we’ve got new weapons built by some prick? Cool. Oh, wait, that’s not right. But no more collateral damage? He’s amazing.

Axe on September 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM

I’m not crazy about sub-titles.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Obama: “To my friends on the right…

Since when did he consider anyone on the right to be anything other than his enemy? He must be getting very desperate or going mad.

VorDaj on September 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Hangin’ with McCain’ll do that to you.

Cleombrotus on September 11, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Still living rent free in your head… A blogger obsessed with following another blogger on the internet…

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

1. You’re not a blogger.

2. It escapes your tiny brain that she lives in your head too.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

He must be getting very desperate or going mad.

VorDaj on September 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Both

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Okay, I had a choice between watching this Obama speech and a lobotomy.

How did his speech go?

portlandon on September 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

“Chemical weapons make “no distinction between soldier and infant.”

- Obama speech

Astounding. There are weapons that DO????!!

Meremortal on September 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Well, now that you mentioned it. I hear there are Nancy Pelosi War Dollies hitting the shelves this coming all inclusive Festivus. They come complete with tampon earrings and helmets made of empty skull and botox.

Ghetto shoes not included. Of course.

Key West Reader on September 11, 2013 at 12:43 AM

How did his speech go?

portlandon on September 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

It started out like about WW1. And then he talked about jobs and the world community. And . Stuff.

/Stuff is important

Key West Reader on September 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM

mnjg on September 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Well I’ll be. This one’s become markedly more angry and visceral in my last couple weeks away. Interesting.

Genuine on September 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM

In womens’ circles, there is a term called “ghetto shoes”.

/Obama is Al Sharpton in Armani and ghetto shoes. Shake that booty.

Key West Reader on September 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM

So the highlight of this well-delivered speech was that he has decided to postpone the vote (that he can’t win, that was already postponed).

So decisive! So principled! So lame!

virgo on September 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

I said, when Bambi walked in, “oh look. he has on his ballet slippers.” My wife said, No, those are tap shoes.”

growl on September 11, 2013 at 1:44 AM

IndieDogg on September 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

I can see the heads in DC explode when Assad brings out the Comfy Chair.

coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I can see it now. Assad with a mint julep in one hand, a survey of the horizon and a word with his aide butler, “No, Jeeves, not the sarin — we promised Vlad and Barry, remember — use the artillery and the planes with a few missiles for the buildings, everybody’s cool with those. And, let’s do the whitefish and a light salad for lunch, I think.”

IndieDogg on September 11, 2013 at 2:05 AM

In all my scant years, I’ve never seen more presidentiality from a president (peace be upon him).

steebo77 on September 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Yes, Wa ‘alaikumus salam for your insight brother. Our President is true Wali.

BoxHead1 on September 11, 2013 at 2:21 AM

So the highlight of this well-delivered speech was that he has decided to postpone the vote (that he can’t win, that was already postponed).

So decisive! So principled! So lame!

virgo on September 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

So true. Fifteen minutes of infomercials would have been a more productive use of prime-time television. Or fifteen minutes of static.

Eastwood Ravine on September 11, 2013 at 2:50 AM

Holy Crow! Had a nasty fall, went to the ER, and spent a few days resting and recovering…..and WOW! Did I really miss the first unreal fireworks display out of D.C. in ages!

Took me all evening until well after midnight to follow links to all the relevant info and videos and stuff. And finally I’ve got the full picture….just when everyone else is going to bed. Aw shucks.

Then I guess I’ll just toss in my two cents and do the same: It doesn’t matter to me which major international figurehead succeeds in preventing WWIII, as long as it gets done. Now all we have to do is find a way to neutralize the D.C. players in this international drama who nearly pushed the wrong buttons in their haste to reinvent their egos and reinforce their self-delusional international statures.

Seems to me that the American public are the true heroes here. Without their loud voice overwhelming the Inside-The-Beltway crowd in a rap upside the myriad of narrow-minded heads, those politcos with any kind of common sense remaining might not have prevailed.

Thank you fellow United States of Americans!

UPNorthWolf on September 11, 2013 at 3:45 AM

Desperate man tries to convince world he has faintest idea of what he’s doing

Yes, or as Liz Trotta put it,Obama’s “strutting pretense at any grasp of foreign affairs.”

petefrt on September 11, 2013 at 3:57 AM

Liberals be on notice.

For years you have declared war on boys and men. No dodgeball, no toy guns, no contacts sports, and (gasp) no blood sports. You have turned males into metrosexuals.

Well you can repress male desires, but you can never eliminate them.

Inside every growing boy is a kid who is fundamentally a pyromaniac who wants to shoot and blow things up. Takes about 10 years to get it out of your system.

Obama is now free to pursue his repressed maleness. Expect this from every metro male you elect.

morons.

WryTrvllr on September 11, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Of course, all the townspeople wildly praised the magnificent clothes of the emperor, afraid to admit that they could not see them, until a small child said:

“But he has nothing on”!

– Hans Christian Anderson

Bare naked Zero. All the emptiness and twice the void!

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 5:32 AM

So decisive! So principled! So lame!

virgo on September 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

It was all about him SAYING that >>he<< decided. So that people think he has authority or something. Which he doesn't.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 5:35 AM

He said we have national security interests in Syria

Really?

faraway on September 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Yet he never explains what they are. It’s a bald faced lie.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 5:50 AM

The fierce moral urgency of doing nothing.

ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 6:29 AM

To save money Barack will have the Russian military secure the chemical weapons sites. The weapons will be destroyed by the UN.

And by “destroyed” I mean “sold.”

Nomennovum on September 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Jimmy Carter grinning ear to ear…

Doomsday on September 11, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Just like Barney Fife, give Obama 1 round and make him keep it in his shirt pocket.

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albill on September 11, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Desperate man tries to convince world he has faintest idea of what he’s doing

No one’s talking about the IRS right now, are they? I’d say he’s doing a pretty good job at getting what he really wants.

CJ on September 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM

What if everyone was scammed.
What if Syria was nothing more than an Axelrod created diversion from the scandals of the summer.Scandals which if followed up on spell the threat of impeachment for the Dear Leader.
What if Syria,which was never about 1,400 gassed Syrians, will be over just in time to usher in the debt ceiling which will be closely followed by Amnesty. What if all the scandals will be a forgotten moment in time when amnesty is over?
As long as no one is talking about Benghazi, Egpyt, Morsi, the MB,Ansar al Sharia,the IRS v.s Tea Party, NSA spying on everyone everywhere and 22 dead Seals in Afghanistan all mysteriously crammed into the same chopper why would the regime worry?
More here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3064859/posts

rodguy911 on September 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Desperate man tries to convince world he has faintest idea of what he’s doing

No one’s talking about the IRS right now, are they? I’d say he’s doing a pretty good job at getting what he really wants.

CJ on September 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Exactly,
Axelrod has to be thrilled at what he created out of thin air.

rodguy911 on September 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Obama tried to score a TD then took a timeout and decided to settle for a FG. His own team botched the snap, he tried to pick up the ball and run with it. He fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the oposing team and run in for a TD.

dddave on September 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Obama tried to score a TD then took a timeout and decided to settle for a FG. His own team botched the snap, he tried to pick up the ball and run with it. He fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the oposing team and run in for a TD. Ta-Da!!

dddave on September 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

This was a fake crisis drummed up to get him past the Sep 11th Benghazi scandal anniversary and let the air out of the IRS and NSA scandals.

faraway on September 10, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I agree that this was manufactured
the roots of it are even worse
not to run for cover on this scandals (the press does that)
but to help out his brotherhood

actually the chemical weapons were initiated by the rebel forces on their own people, not Assad. Turkey caught rebels sarin supplies on the Syrian border back in July. I bet Obama was in on the rebels use of chemical weapons

Obama was acting in the rebels best interest and had to pull rank when the country’s support was lacking. His parlay to congress was just to get a bunch of war mongering Republicans to take all blame and so that HE could rise up above the fray. McCain and Gramham sure jumped in to fit the bill.

Then HE has the audacity ‘unlike Iraq and Afgana..” with HIS holier than thou diplomatic approach to foreign affairs while at the same time pushing the blame Bush rhetoric.

It is a real tragedy what is happening in Syria
even worse that US decisions are being made strictly on the guise of “what makes ME look good”

never thought I’d be happy to see Russian intervention in an international situation but this is one of those times

audiotom on September 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM

1) However, over the last few days, we’ve seen some encouraging signs, in part because of the credible threat of U.S. military action, 2) as well as constructive talks that I had with President Putin. The Russian government has indicated a willingness to join with the international community in pushing Assad to give up his chemical weapons. The Assad regime has now admitting that it has these weapons and even said they’d join the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits their use.

double speak

1) over the last few days have seen MY incompetence, Kerry’s too
and MY proposal to go to war backfire

2)as well as a fanny spanking I received from Putin, but I’ll act like it was MY doing

3) The Assad regime now gets pinned for the chemical weapons the rebels used. Oh no, I’m gonna crap my pants if this doesn’t go well with the U.N.

audiotom on September 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

from the great dictators teleprompter

Moreover, we know the Assad regime was responsible. In the days leading up to August 21st, we know that Assad’s chemical weapons personnel prepared for an attack near an area where they mix sarin gas. They distributed gas masks to their troops. Then they fired rockets from a regime-controlled area into 11 neighborhoods that the regime has been trying to wipe clear of opposition forces. Shortly after those rockets landed, the gas spread, and hospitals filled with the dying and the wounded.

We know senior figures in Assad’s military machine reviewed the results of the attack and the regime increased their shelling of the same neighborhoods in the days that followed. We’ve also studied samples of blood and hair from people at the site that tested positive for sarin.

doesn’t this sound peculiarly worded

as if someone were trying to sell their story a bit too hard
and not wanting to have those same words hang you afterwards

google search sarin turkey border
note the dates
coincidental?

audiotom on September 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on September 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

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