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President Obama’s empty boast on Syria (WashPost)
Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2013 | By Editorial Board

Posted on 12/23/2013 4:57:00 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

IT WAS astonishing to hear President Obama, in the preamble to his end-of-year news conference last week, cite Syria as one of his foreign policy successes.

“[J]ust as we’re strengthening our position here at home, we’re also standing up for our interests around the world,” Mr. Obama said. “This year we’ve demonstrated that with clear-eyed, principled diplomacy, we can pursue new paths to a world that’s more secure, a future where Iran does not build a nuclear weapon, a future where Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles are destroyed.”

Unfortunately, the White House press corps was not as struck by this boast as were we, and there were no follow-up questions. Here’s what we would have asked:

“Mr. President, Syria is in the process of giving up its chemical weapons, as you say. At the same time, it’s been more than two years since you both predicted and demanded the resignation of Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad. Yet he has strengthened his position and continues to commit war crimes.

“His forces are besieging hundreds of thousands of people, deliberately starving them to death, according to your secretary of state. His helicopters are dropping ‘barrel bombs’ on apartment buildings in Aleppo, bombs ‘typically packed with screws, scrap metal, old car parts, blades and explosives,’ as one activist told the Wall Street Journal. More than 9 million Syrians — better than a third of the country — have been driven from their homes. Is this record consistent with ‘standing up for our interests around the world’?”

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TOPICS: Editorial; Syria; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: districtofcolumbia; syria; waronterror; washingtoncompost
Editorial goes on to criticise Susan Rice for a muddled, make-it-up-as-you-go foreign policy.
1 posted on 12/23/2013 4:57:00 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Only Obama (and his corrupt MSM)
could consider the USA supporting
the beheading of Christians,
the empowering of Iran,
and the arming of al Qaeda with sarin,
a “success”.


2 posted on 12/23/2013 4:59:25 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Brad from Tennessee

If he considers Syria a success what does he call a failure?


3 posted on 12/23/2013 5:06:13 PM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

If something good happens in the world, Obama takes credit. If something bad happens, he just read about it the papers, and he’s more outraged than anybody.


4 posted on 12/23/2013 5:07:33 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Pooty Poot gets to claim that victory.


5 posted on 12/23/2013 5:11:32 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Even the Washington Post noticed that Emperor Barack is naked


6 posted on 12/23/2013 5:14:21 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Venturer

I’m sure he’ll call Obamacare a success, as well.


7 posted on 12/23/2013 5:16:17 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

supporting America’s sworn enemies all around the (Islamic) world, plus (and they are mostly the same murderous terrorist gangs and “governments”) supporting those that subjugate or murder Christians and Jews and blow up churches....
and protecting, supporting, and now funding the Iranian Islamonazis’ development of nuclear bombs and ICBMs to deliver them (to America, their “Great Satan” and numero Uno announced target)

all these are tremendous successes for the current regime in WashDC. what sane person would have ever thought that the American people would tolerate such subversion from our own govt? indeed, vote for it (twice)?

He’s had some immense successes, achieving things most human beings would have thought impossible just 5 or 6 years ago

alas.
pray for America!


8 posted on 12/23/2013 5:39:40 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Diogenesis

bttt


9 posted on 12/23/2013 5:46:56 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> “This year we’ve demonstrated that with clear-eyed, principled diplomacy, we can pursue new paths to a world that’s more secure, a future where Iran does not build a nuclear weapon, a future where Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles are destroyed.” Unfortunately, the White House press corps was not as struck by this boast as were we, and there were no follow-up questions.

Clearly the Washington Compost is doing a little CYA. Thanks Brad from Tennessee.


10 posted on 12/23/2013 6:05:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Venturer

Obama believes he never fails; the MSM strongly agrees.


11 posted on 12/23/2013 6:06:35 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: Brad from Tennessee
The WaPo editors say they would've asked...

“Mr. President, Syria is in the process of giving up its chemical weapons, as you say. At the same time, it’s been more than two years since you both predicted and demanded the resignation of Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad. Yet he has strengthened his position and continues to commit war crimes.

“His forces are besieging hundreds of thousands of people, deliberately starving them to death, according to your . His helicopters are dropping ‘barrel bombs’ on apartment buildings in Aleppo, bombs ‘typically packed with screws, scrap metal, old car parts, blades and explosives,’ as one activist told the Wall Street Journal. More than 9 million Syrians — better than a third of the country — have been driven from their homes...”

To which, I would add...

"And, Mr. President, the guys you're supporting are even worse..."

12 posted on 12/23/2013 6:15:58 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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