Obama on Syria: “Being President is Boring and Hard”
The New York Times has an article out now laying out the White House’s approach to the decision-making process on Syria, and the picture it paints, whether the Times wishes to admit it or not, is not pretty, to put it mildly. It acknowledges that the Obama administration knew it was staring into the depths of what would almost certainly be a quagmire, and yet that still | Read More »
The Saudis Grow Tired Of Barack Obama Clowning Around
Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to act effectively against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said.
– UK Daily Mail
It would take a lot to make Saudi Arabia really take a walk on being allied to the United States. Or maybe it wouldn’t. Maybe they would just get sick and tired of President Barack Obama’s vacillations and perceived tergiversate behavior towards an old and loyal ally. Even worse than that, they may just think the man is too unserious to be reliable.
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Put Vladimir Putin’s name in the Little Book.
You know, the one with Later For YOU written on the cover. The United States and Russia agreed Saturday on an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons and said Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week. [snip] Senior administration officials had said Friday the Obama administration would not press for U.N. authorization to use force against | Read More »
Up a Creek
It’s easy to see where the Democrats are headed. Are the Republicans going to jump on board?
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America’s exceptional faith
Today we got to enjoy Vladimir Putin’s critique of American exceptionalism at the New York Times: My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. | Read More »
Vladamir Putin Owns US Foreign Policy
Has Barack Obama unofficially resigned? We wouldn’t get that lucky – at least not until he can figure out how the AACA effects his retirement healthcare. It only seems that way because of some White House Mouth of Sauron’s response to Vladimir Putin’s New York Times Op-Ed.
“That’s all irrelevant,” the White House official said in response. “He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good. That’s the best possible reaction. He’s fully invested in Syria’s CW disarmament and that’s potentially better than a military strike – which would deter and degrade but wouldn’t get rid of all the chemical weapons. He now owns this*. He has fully asserted ownership of it and he needs to deliver.”
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Putin Twists the Knife in Obama’s Side
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss Vladimir Putin’s NYT Op-Ed, Obama’s credibility on Syria and what may happen next in the hostile Middle East.
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Vladimir Putin Trolls America
Vladimir Putin has decided to troll America with an op-ed in the New York Times. He gets the better of Barack Obama with much of his op-ed, including pointing out that if our rule is we won’t touch countries with nukes it is just going to incentivize countries getting nukes. But he ends with this: My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked | Read More »
Finger Lickin’ Frauds and Fence Sittin’ Scoundrels
One of Newton’s laws of motion states that “every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.” Conservatives would be wise to internalize that law when observing the behavior of the Republican Party. They will not change on their own. We need an external force to supplant the current leadership | Read More »
Obama’s Syria Speech Shows What We Haven’t Learned From 9/11
So what can we learn from all this going forward?
1) Don’t draw a Red Line unless you’ve got a nice “or else” ready if the other guy snorts it up off the floor.
2) People outside the constraints of Judeo-Christian morality will resort to WMDs, terrorism and anything else if force pays off better than Pacifism.
3) Military action of too small an order of magnitude to enter into the risk-reward mathematics of a would-be terrorist will only piss them off instead of deterring them.
President Obama failed all three of these lessons. As long as our nation remains this ignorant of the lessons of 9/11, we can expect more terrorism. It works like Hell.
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Never has a President given a speech in which he wished to convince Americans to take an action he no longer is going to take. He has become to war what the Clapper is to turning on the lights. War is on and now war is off. But we will never call it war. The President told Americans they need to do this for the | Read More »
Libya: Obama’s other foreign-policy disaster
The Weekly Standard offers a glum assessment of Obama’s fiasco in Syria: “With the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons, the United States is being escorted out of the Middle East.” Reset with Russia was originally a strategic priority for the Obama administration because it saw Moscow as the key to getting Iran to come to the negotiating table. Putin, from the White House’s perspective, was destined | Read More »
Will Obama Take Credit for Russia’s Potential Syria Deal?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Jim Carafano to discuss the potential chemical weapons deal Russia has brokered with Syria, what this means for tension in the region and what to expect from Obama’s speech tonight.
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Illegitimate states, dubious wars, and diplomacy by gaffe
Let’s see if I’ve got this right: our headlong rush to war in Syria was so important that not even the U.S. Constitution could be allowed to stand in its way. But at the eleventh hour, President Obama decided he needed some accomplices in case it turns into a fiasco, and the British Parliament vote against was in Syria made unilateral cowboy aggression by Obama | Read More »
Updated: Refocusing on Obamacare
[Update: Based on what I'm hearing from House sources, the worst suspicions are confirmed. Eric Cantor is floating an idea to pass a short-term CR with a defund rider. But just as we predicted, they plan to write a rule that will sever the defund rider from the body of the bill after it passes the House. This will allow the Senate to vote down | Read More »