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Doug posted the “Picture of the Day,” along with some very spot on observations.
First [President Obama] paints himself into a corner, the only escape of which is for America to enter a civil war between Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda on the side of Al-Qaeda. On the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, no less. Then he manages to get completely outmaneuvered on the diplomatic front by a brutal dictator like Vladimir Putin. So now, to sum things up, Putin comes across as the seasoned statesman, a man of peace who pulled out all the stops to thwart a wild-eyed America intent on igniting yet another conflagration in the Middle East.
Doug’s remarks are one of many in a chorus of folks realizing what happened yesterday. How many days were folks who opposed an ill-conceived military plan in Syria subjected to cat calls of “Isolationists” and being told what horrible people we were for not opposing the New Hitler of the 21st century? As some are now saying:
For all the talk from Team Obama about this “Russian Plan” never coming to fruition were it not for “the credible threat of force” offered by President Obama, the reality was that the Administration simply did not have the Congressional votes or public support to back up the “credible” in that threat of force. Now, there was always the possibility of Congress rendering a decision, “No,” and President Obama replying, “Noted,” and green lighting strikes, but I truly think the political cost to the Administration would have been far too high for it to survive the remaining 3 years it has left with the American people. (Your conspiracy minded uncle constantly sending you chain emails about Obama being a closet dictator? Not so conspiracy minded anymore.) Hence, the desperate lunge the Administration made toward the Russian Plan.
Which brings this around to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former KGB operative and media savvy politician is no foreign policy ingenue. Gov. Palin had his number back in 2008, despite the mocking she received over it. I bet if Tina Fey looked over at Russia now, she’d see a Vladimir Putin flipping us the bird. It’s embarrassing. It’s aggravating. It’s like losing a baseball game to Team Russia. That’s OUR sport and we got rolled by the Reds. President Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winning pitcher, just got lit up by the designated hitter, Vlad Putin. Putin went from dealing with his own PR headache to now being seen as the white knight against the bomb happy, Dragon Obama. Un-freaking-believable.
A British perspective:
Mr Putin will have been handed the most spectacular public relations victory imaginable and the Assad regime will go its murderous way into the indefinite future. American resolve and integrity will have taken a blow from which it may take a generation to recover. (Maybe Mr Obama should offer to give Mr Putin his Nobel Peace Prize?) However you felt about the prospect of the US intervening in yet another Middle Eastern country, this is an ignominious chapter in American diplomatic history.
People aren’t kidding themselves here. The Russian plan does not remove Assad from power. It does not end the nasty Syrian Civil War. It does not address the thousands of Syrians spilling over into Jordan and putting pressure on an actual US ally. All it does, is pull back America from the ledge that President Obama clumsily walked us to. The hand that reached out to pull us back, unfortunately, belongs to the unscrupulous Vladimir Putin.
Ben “Buzzfeed” Smith:
The White House engaged in a years-long standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin over how to deal with Syria — then played straight into his hands, making Assad’s key patron look both relevant and responsible.
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UPDATE: Putin: “Syria chem arms handover will work only if US calls off strike”
“Certainly, this is all reasonable, it will function and will work out, only if the US and those who support it on this issue pledge to renounce the use of force, because it is difficult to make any country – Syria or any other country in the world – to unilaterally disarm if there is military action against it under consideration,” President Putin said on Tuesday.
I can’t even…