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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bungling Foreign Policy

There are some really good questions about Syria that are just not getting answered. Some people are beginning to question Obama's motives over his lack of experience. From Rush yesterday (and I recommend that transcript in full because there are many valid points):
Summing up the net effect of all this, Conrad Black (whose piece I also mentioned to you). I have it here, Conrad Black in the New York Sun yesterday. Listen to this paragraph, folks. "Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, and prior to that the fall of France in 1940, has there been so swift an erosion of the world influence of a Great Power as we are witnessing with the United States." Bingo! Right on the money.  Does anybody really think it's due to incompetence? 
Five years of incompetence?  Five years of incoherence, five years of bungling, feckless, amateurish, in-over-his-head behavior? It's been five years of it, almost, a little over four and a half.  Really?  All this is being done on purpose?  I mean all of this is just happening accidentally?  Obama really wants this to be strongest country in the world? He really does, really, really -- just like he really, really wants to create jobs?  You know what that number is, by the way?  
Especially in light of today's news that Syria will willingly consent to chemical weapons monitoring - lending more and more weight to the claims that they never used chemical weapons in the first place and that it was the rebels unwilling to be monitored -  I wonder what is spin and what is real?
Russia and Syria embraced Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s suggestion Monday that the Syrian government could avert a U.S. attack by placing its chemical weapons under international control, upending the Obama administration’s efforts to sharpen its case for military action. 
U.S. officials said Kerry’s comment, made in response to a question at a news conference in London, was not intended to be a diplomatic opening. But Kerry’s Russian and Syrian counterparts quickly followed up, and the idea drew immediate interest internationally and from top Democrats in Washington. 
By the end of the day, President Obama conceded that the idea of monitoring and ultimately destroying Syria’s arsenal “could potentially be a significant breakthrough.” The Senate postponed a vote scheduled for Wednesday on whether to back a proposed punitive strike.
UPDATE: Today Rush talked about Kerry's then-gaffe becoming a "great idea" celebrated by American media.

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