Outmaneuvered

Putin's strategy pushes bumbling administration further into failure

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President Obama was his usual smooth-spoken self in his speech on Syria Tuesday night, and his emotional appeals were compellingly delivered.

But like meringue, which takes up a lot of space without much substance, his speech dissolved in an instant, amid events that are leading him, rather than the other way around.

Despite his Pee Wee Herman-like attempt to portray the Russian peace proposal as his initiative all along – “I meant to do that!” the comedic character would say when events spiraled out of his control – it’s clear to most observers that Mr. Obama and his administration have been outmaneuvered at every turn. And the American bumbling now has the perverse effect of making Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad look peace-loving and magnanimous.

We know that’s not the case, of course. Assad is annihilating his own people, allegedly at times with some of the cruelest chemical weapons known to mankind. Putin, meanwhile, has, with China’s help, blocked any United Nations efforts to slow Assad’s assassinations.

How an American president put such people in the driver’s seat will just have to be sorted out by head-shaking historians. But this all made for the most bizarre presidential prime-time address in our nation’s history.

“Here’s a president,” summed up syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, “who urgently addresses a nation on all (television) channels to call for a pause on something that the nation doesn’t want to do in the first place. This is almost unbelievable.”

Putin’s maneuver, a brilliant chess move, forced the Nobel Peace Prize President to back away from a military strike. That, and the fact that Congress and the American people were about to do it themselves. Now the American president is forced to consider a completely disingenuous proposal. Who truly believes the Syrians would hand over their complete stockpiles of chemical weapons, or that their chief patron at the Kremlin even wants that?

The terms are a nonstarter, as well: Obama must agree to have the American military stand down. In short, unconditional surrender. What exactly is there to mull over?

“A farce,” is how Krauthammer characterized the Russian proposal.

To understand the magnitude of Obama’s folly and its collateral damage to the prestige and credibility of the office of president, imagine the Cuban missile crisis – only with the Russians winning.

Whatever the klutzy, accidental outcome, it should not involve a strike on Syria. What Assad has done is pure evil, but it is simply not in our capacity to eradicate all the planet’s evil, or to punish its incarnations militarily. We have no business in Syria, our national interest is not obtainable with the nose of a missile, and Mr. Obama has yet to explain away the possible consequences of a strike.

All the blundering, too, will likely have repercussions.

For one thing, the next president will have to get a color other than red to draw lines. With his reckless talk, inept actions and incoherent policies, Mr. Obama has made red lines an international joke.

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 09/12/13 - 04:09 am
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You're making a few assumptions of your own.

Members of Congress, who have seen the classified reports, are not convinced it was regime forces who attacked with sarin gas, yet here you are, taking the administration's word for it. And why wouldn't the Russians want chemical weapons removed from the threat of seizure by al-Qaeda?

You could have spoken up last year when the Bahraini crown and Saudi troops were suppressing protests by that country's Shi'ite majority, but you didn't. These are our own decidedly undemocratic client states, and there's no practical difference between that and Russia's relationship with Syria.

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Riverman1 09/12/13 - 04:56 am
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Carefully Coach Our Great President

Get Obama that 64 color box of Crayons so he can find pastels to play with in the Oval Office. Also, give him a coloring book with the lines drawn by experts and tell him he has to stay in those lines.

He can dress up every morning with a suit and tie like some of those people who work menial jobs, but want to look important when they are in the neighborhood. He can tell Michelle he’s going to work and go down to his coloring book. Once a month or so load up the teleprompter and have him read what’s on it.

If any communications from Russia come in, first have the translator read it to another international expert who can make like he is just another translator. The added buffer person can delete or add as he sees fit to keep Obama from reaching for the bold colors in his 64 color box. When it comes to setting deadlines for Syria, tell him that’s impossible because of time zone differences.

Get a duplicate office, Crayons and staff for Kerry. Tell him to concentrate on the poison tipped arrows the Baniwa Amazon Indians are using against the Guarani tribes. Never let his wife, Teresa Heinz, sit behind him at any meeting no matter how much she wants to watch him in action. He tends to show off for her and say outlandish things.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/12/13 - 05:58 am
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Jon Lester, Assad is WINNING.

Jon Lester, Assad is WINNING. US bombing may make Assad lose. Russia and China want him to WIN. Stopping Obama from bombing preserves Assad's edge against the Rebels. Russia has already shipped more arms to Assad. The weapons Obama promised 3 months ago to the rebels still have not shown up. This isn't a Russian proposal either. Kerry brought it up!! Russia jumped on it and the State Department tried to say it wasn't serious. Obama then jumped on it when Russia said they could get Syria to accept it. Russia knows that if there is even a very dim possibility of a diplomatic solution that the American people and congress will force Obama to accept it or try to work it out. Don't forget that Russia probably supplied the weapons in the first place. Every thing I've read says that it will be almost impossible to carry out while the civil war rages and may take years to locate and destroy the weapons. Don't forget that the US was going to use force because Assad used chemical weapons, not Because he had them. You know like punishing your children because they did wrong, not because your children could DO wrong! I have heard that Assay's other supporter and Ally,China will verify the process. So now Russia, Syria and China will negotiate, fiddle and faddle like Obama has until NOTHING HAPPENS!

carcraft
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carcraft 09/12/13 - 05:56 am
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Riverman, IF ONLY we could

Riverman, IF ONLY we could also do it with economic policy, energy, well all decisions that Obama makes including health care. He could have a coloring book for each department of government and 1/2 an hour in each book then on to golf or campaigning!

freeradical
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freeradical 09/12/13 - 05:59 am
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Putin's Promised "Flexible" Lapdance

Ever since the president of the United States Promised Vladimir

how " FLEXIBLE " he could be in doing anything the KGB murderer wanted , once re-elected

The murderer Putin has been waiting to take this chump up on his offer

Now he has the limp spine "flexible" chump of a president jiggling as

fast as he can in a presidential lap dance .

Next comes Putin leading him by the hand to a private Boom-Boom

room .

What a disgraceful man of 0% morals .

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/12/13 - 06:50 am
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A few still don't get it.

but many now see it as a Wag the Dog that bit back.

The poor handling of this or the deliberate mishandling of this, depending on who you speak with, has only increased the Russian's status in the Middle East as a temporary Arab Friend.

Using the old but often true Arab Saying:
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. ...."for now."

It seems the Russian's have learn quicker than our WH admin has.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/12/13 - 07:23 am
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Quote from editorial

"The terms are a nonstarter, as well: Obama must agree to have the American military stand down"

It is true, and even though it hurts, the only positive thing liberals can say is that possibly Obama's treat will leave a strong message and force Syria and Russia to live up to their agreement.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 09/12/13 - 07:29 am
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a chemical weapon buyback program! genius!

of course, they'll accept any chemical that can be considered dangerous
Raid, ant killer, roach killer, kid killer... they're all the same
just like our gun buyback program accepts any gun, functioning or not
i wonder what our police would do if one of those guns was found to have been involved in multiple murders?
hmmm... oh well, nevermind
goooo O! sic 'em woof woof woof

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/12/13 - 07:31 am
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Just rea Putin's op-Ed in the

Just read Putin's op-Ed in the NYTimes. Wow what a guy- even mentioned God creates all people equal. I guess it is like taking a seasoned athlete or politician (Putin) and have them compete with an inexperienced individual with no more experience than being a community organizer. We need to re-evaluate our presidential qualifications. Right now I'd take Putin over Obama-he wrote a more compelling speech.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/12/13 - 07:31 am
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Quote from editorial

"But like meringue, which takes up a lot of space without much substance, his speech dissolved in an instant, amid events that are leading him, rather than the other way around"

As of now, you are very correct, but perhaps these circumstances will avoid the missile strike that 65 to 70 percent of Americans didn't want.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/12/13 - 07:41 am
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So, is the ACES in favor of

So, is the ACES in favor of military intervention?

KSL
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KSL 09/12/13 - 08:23 am
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So bledsoe

You are admitting you were wrong. When are you going to stand up to your president?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/12/13 - 08:00 am
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The Future of Patriotism....

On Sunday, Mike Ryan and ACES questioned the future of patriotism. Today, Ryan answered his own question. This piece--snarky, insinuating, name-calling, insulting--attacks the President of the United States on a matter of foreign policy, a matter of potential American military action, all to gain a few cheap political points. Nice going Mike, you are the voice of the end of American patriotism.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 09/12/13 - 08:01 am
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No war-Slam Obama. Begin

No war-Slam Obama. Begin war-Slam Obama. Possible chance that war is averted-Slam Obama. Oh, but if you were this quick to judge every action, every inactions, every word spoken, every word not spoken by his predecessor. The changing of the reasons for war. The attempts to link Saddam with 9/11, when there were none, and none of the hijackers came from Iraq. No, you beat the drums of war loudly. Those who opposed were called traitors. They sided with the terrorists. They were un-American. We couldn't and wouldn't wait for, or believe the inspectors who said there were no WMD's. There must be war and it must be now it what you said. You care nothing for America. You're governed by ideology and party over love of your country. You've proved it time and again with baseless, superficial, and groundless attacks on the President simply for the sake of attack. You've jumped in with the conspiracy nuts over the birth certificate issue. The lowest of the low. You have no shame and prove it day to day. When you come up with consistent opinions no matter which party is in the White House, maybe your editorials will matter. With a history of plagiarism and simply posting feeds from right wing think tanks this paper, as well as others under the umbrella of the hypocritical organization, will continue to be irrelevant.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/12/13 - 08:09 am
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"No war-Slam Obama. Begin
Unpublished

"No war-Slam Obama. Begin war-Slam Obama."

Not the case. It's no LEADERSHIP-Slam Obama. Every time he does NOTHING he makes our country look weaker, which seems to have been his plan all along.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/12/13 - 08:19 am
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People learned from Obama

People learned from Obama (and Rahm Emanuel) never to let any disaster get by without making political points. Dems do it all the time so I think conservatives are now just playing the same game. Obama definitely rules by ideology and has stated so repeatedly -willing to let Americans suffer for his ideology of fairness. All that seems to neutralize itself with bad behaviors on all sides. Lowest of low -you mean like MoveON or the Daily Kos too I suppose. Nothing can defeat the Dem political machine where all the talking heads are on the same page-you can 't say that about Rep they can't get on the same page.

KSL
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KSL 09/12/13 - 08:26 am
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Biz

SO TRUE!

KSL
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KSL 09/12/13 - 08:30 am
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Bod

Have you ever heard of paragraphs? I cannot get through your entire posts.

I want to know the schools you and bledsoe attended.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/12/13 - 08:33 am
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Ed Asner

In a room full of liberals, Asner would be considered a liberal. On a scale of 1-10 in his disappointment with the way Obama has handled this whole affair, Asner gave it a 7. It seems conservatives and liberals can agree on occasion.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/12/13 - 08:33 am
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Bod, when you come up with
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Bod, when you come up with consistent opinions no matter which party is in the White House, maybe your posts will matter.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/12/13 - 08:35 am
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"With a history of plagiarism
Unpublished

"With a history of plagiarism and simply posting feeds from right wing think tanks this paper, as well as others under the umbrella of the hypocritical organization, will continue to be irrelevant."

I don't suppose you want to back up THIS accusation. More than likely you will just tell us to research it for you, like you did yesterday when you were asked to back up the accusations you make.

KSL
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KSL 09/12/13 - 08:42 am
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Perhaps he wants us to

Perhaps he wants us to research the progressive sites for the correct information.

KSL
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KSL 09/12/13 - 08:46 am
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The sounds you make when you

The sounds you make when you laugh at some comment that is ridiculous.... I wish I knew how to spell them.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/12/13 - 08:51 am
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You could get the impression

You could get the impression he is Godoy.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/12/13 - 09:09 am
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Snarky

I don't want to paste it in here; but I'm referring to EEL’s 8:00 a.m. comment.

The United States was formed to be a nation of laws, not men (and that word is the neuter form that includes both genders). When we are patriotic, we are patriotic to our nation and its constitution. There is no obligation to support the president (a man) when he has violated the constitution, when he has not upheld our laws, when he has vacillated, when he has coddled our enemies, when he has refused even to acknowledge our enemies.

The United States Congress and the United Nations Security Council authorized a war between the United States and Islamic Terrorism back in 2001. The war is still ongoing. There has been no victory. There exists no signed peace treaty.

Can anyone produce a transcript of a speech by our current president where he have ever used the term "Islamic terrorism" to describe the enemy he is supposed to be fighting?

carcraft
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carcraft 09/12/13 - 09:32 am
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EEL, have you forgotten the

EEL, have you forgotten the facts? President Obama put American integrity and trust worthyness on the line with his RED LINE IN THE SAND comment. Then Obama says Syria used chemical weapons against the Rebels violating the red line. Well it is up to Obama to insure America remains credible. It is sorta like kids. If you tell kids you do X, Y, or Z you will be punished. One of your kids does X,Y, Or Z and you don't punish them you lose your credibility. Then Obama went through a series of positions from, "I can bomb with out congress", "I will ask congress" "we won't bomb if is weapons are given up".
Now we are told by the left that speaking truth to power is the highest form of patriotism. So when we speak truth to Obama,i.e. you are being rolled by Putin and look like an incomptent, the left gets thier boxers in a bunch! Go Figure!

deestafford
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deestafford 09/12/13 - 10:18 am
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I disagree with the first paragraph of the editorial about the

speech being smooth and well delivered. I thought it showed a hesitant, small man, who was not confident in what he was saying. It was not up to his usual perceived well done speeches. The description of "like meringue, which takes up space without much substance." is brilliant; however, it is perhaps a better description of obama himself rather than only the speech.

Because of this man's incompetence coupled with his leftist desire to "take America down a notch" the balance of power in the regions of the world have change during his presidency.

obama has being playing checkers while Putin has been playing chess.

Now China is close to becoming the strongest power in the East and Russia is now the major power in the Mid-East. We are rapidly becoming a hollow shell of the world power we were just six years ago. Thankfully, it can be overcome and turned around with the election of a strong, America loving, Conservative president. One who once again will make our enemies fear and respect us and our friends trust us.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/12/13 - 10:18 am
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Why Putin The Peacemaker?

The total number of Russian Naval Bases, outside of Russia, is........ONE.

Guess where it is located?

Syria. The city name is Tartus.

Russia supports the Assad government for several reasons, but perhaps the biggest is that Syria is the only nation that presently allows Russia a Naval Base from which Russia can resupply her ships at sea without depending on any OTHER nation for safe passage or basing.

It is in Russia's interest to keep Assad in power and keep selling him weapons. Russia has been selling/giving weapons of war (including chemical weapons) to Syria for about fifty years.

It is the height of stupidity to trust Putin to design and oversee the disposal of Syria's chemical weapons. It's laughable on its face.

chascushman
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chascushman 09/12/13 - 10:30 am
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'It's laughable on its
Unpublished

'It's laughable on its face.'
harley, the clown in the WH would be laughable if he was not so dangerous.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/12/13 - 10:43 am
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"the clown in the WH would be laughable.....

....if he was not so dangerous."

Yes, I wholeheartedly agree. The notion of "Putin the Peacemaker" here is laughable.

As for Obama, he has always been dangerous for America. I remain astounded he was elected once, let alone twice. He vowed to "fundamentally change" America and some of us knew exactly what he meant.

The Manchurian candidate.

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