Skip to comments.Obama: Strike 'Absolutely' on Hold if Syria Abandons Chemical Weapons
Posted on 09/09/2013 3:26:33 PM PDT by xzins
If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives up his chemical weapons, a military strike would "absolutely" be on pause, President Obama said today.
"I consider this a modestly positive development," Obama told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an interview at the White House when asked whether Syria's apparent willingness to relinquish control of its chemical weapons would prevent a U.S. strike.
"Let's see if we can come up with language that avoids a strike but accomplishes our key goals to make sure that these chemical weapons are not used," the president said.
Obama's comments come after the Russian foreign minister suggested today that Syria could avoid a U.S. attack by turning over its chemical weapons stockpiles over to international control and destroying them, a proposal the Syrian government "welcomed."
Obama said that Secretary of State John Kerry would pursue the proposal with Russia, an ally of Syria.
But at the same time, Obama said that a potential diplomatic resolution doesn't mean that Congress should withdraw the threat of military action.
"I don't think we would have gotten to this point unless we had maintained a credible possibility for a military strike and I don't think now is the time for us to let up on that," Obama said.
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Told you he'd claim credit as if it were the plan all along.
So the red line is “one WMD strike then quit”? I’m sure Iran will be happy to know that...
Good. Now can we talk about Obamacare and Benghazi again?
He’s weaseling. Well, if that means the USA stays out of Syria then I’m fine with it.
Obamacare seems the most immediate issue. The House wants to send forward a stopgap spending bill to continue funding the government that doesn’t include obamacare but doesn’t shut down the government. That’s not really a bad strategy, so you can count on the Senate shooting it down.
Obama would love to get out of this pickle with a diplomatic “victory”. The MSM will heap adulation on him after this fiasco.
On the other hand, the MSM was silent during the Iraq war when Libya and Syria renounced their WMD programs after a tour of the Middle East by Sec. of State Condi Rice. Of course, that would require giving Bush credit.
Pee Wee Hussein sez, "I meant to do that."
He’s taking credit, and Chris Matthews will have another thrill run down his leg.
Sat at the hospital today with a friend whose dad was going into surgery. The friend is a democrat. He read this on Twitter and his first reaction was how smart Obama was that he forced this to happen.
Oh indeed, especially a military strike described as "an unbelievably small, limited kind of effort."
The Obama-adoring media will throw all the idiocy of last week down the memory hole. Why, all that wasn't absurd and ridiculous at all, but some entirely new species of brilliance!
Of course the Syrians will give up their chemical weapons. And Obama will go to visit Assad and get a personal handshake confirmation, a full Assad body hug and then a camel to bugger, and Assad will show him ALL of his chemical weapons and then hand them over.( nod, nod, wink, wink.)/S
Reminds me of the puppet movie “ Team America: World Police” and how dear leader ( Kim Il Jung)handled the Hans Blick puppet( or Obama in this case)!
Its not a mistake by Obama. Its how he inserts US troops into Syria. There are already Russians in Syria and Iran.
Question is, what does he do then? And how will it impact Israel?
I think we all know how the Muslim Obama, Russia, Iran, the Saudis, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah etc want this to end?
Time for the end game?
Strategically, if Israel is provoked to nuke the Middle East, Russia will be the remaining major oil and gas provider. The US and Europe will melt down, and the Commies will step in as saviors.
No need for an Obama third term he will be the new Lord Protector.
All the homeland security FEMA camps, martial law, US troops in action on continental US, will come into play. Drone time folks
The Obama adoring media will anoint him king. Be prepared to fight a new wave of obamessiah mavens.
I think, collectively, that all of us who suffered through our college and university educations during the late 60’s and 70’s remember those glib black guys who wowed anyone, mostly white hippie chicks, with their never ending rhetoric often with an “island lilt” who basically spouted this same BS. Obama is the result we got for that. To say I’m disgusted is an understatement. My generation did not do well and I’m sorry.
I bet the White House is fuming behind the scenes and trying to figure out just how to go forward with a strike.
It just happened. He's now claiming credit.
Right. And Hitler was a genius for planning the economic rise of Germany in the 1980’s.
Yes, he’s definitely going to take credit even though he hasn’t had a clue. Saw Chris Wallace interview him on Fox, it was difficult to watch with Obama’s I’m the savior attitude.
I think Abrit is onto something. This is Obama’s opening to put US boots on the ground in Syria with an “international force”.
It will be the excuse, perhaps, to put an international force on the ground in Jerusalem someday since, they’ll say, “it’s a world city”.
I agree with your logic, but you know that you know that our media will let him get away with it.
The Clown continues to try and help Al Qaeda.
so who exactly is going to go hunting for chemical weapons in every military outpost in Syria during the middle of a civil war ....or are people stupid enough to take Assad and Putin at their word and they can just declare that the weapons have been turned over .....all of this is idiocy
Didn’t you get the memo? It’s not reality that counts; it’s appearances. /sarc
Oh good, now the Middle East fighters can go back to the regular shooting, knifing, or blowing up their opponents with bombs.
Just not chemical weapons, because THAT would be unacceptable to Obama. But killing by regular means, that’s acceptable.
This is one of the most incompetent, immature, amoral idiots ever elected.
Why would “international control” want to retain chem/bio weapons, jaz? The sane person would immediately destroy them once in his control.
If they’re not destroyed, then know this is another big, staged lie.
NBC evening news just now - hussein says “the US doesn’t do pin pricks.” So, how does he explain the limited, two day, symbolic, unbelievably small strike?
I don’t think we would have gotten to this point if your Secretary of State could control his mouth, and if Uncle Vlad wasn’t actually as smart as you think you are.
Isn't it wonderful when Communist world leaders work together!
The people that need to know, they know that Obama has been humbled. Most Americans will remain oblivious. That is not good for the country.
Obama’s goal is to reduce Americas influence world wide. He is succeeding beyond his wildest dreams. By the end of his term we may have to fear Zimbabwe.
Sounds like a halfway decent outcome if it lasts long enough for most of the stuff to be destroyed in a nontoxic manner.
If it is just “controlled” but isn’t destroyed, then this is a game that’s being played out.
I rather think so too. Obama didn't sound as happy as he should have been about this. Note if Assad handed over his chemical weapons, the strike would only be “on pause”, not called off. I also see that Obama still wants congress to approve use of force.
He keeps quoting Reagan with “trust & verify”.....
Funny if they all say “Made in Iraq”
“”Congress should approve use of Force against Iran.
People need to chill out. What happened here was a game of chess. Kerry made the wrong move and now the backpeddling begins.
The o admin has used chem weapons as their excuse for bombing Syria. Do you folks really think that the Saudi’s were willing to pay for the US to start a war over some Syrian sheeple getting gassed?
I will say this, that is why dirtbag McCain and his poodle Linda wanted O to use regime change as the excuse. I bet Juan and Linda are horrified tonight. Obama is trapped because he no longer has his excuse to please the Saudi masters.
Of course, Obama is going to make himself look good to the lefties that were pissed as hell. They will probably bite. But the international so called community knows Barry got had. Assad stays, Saudis lose, Russians finish the 2nd pipeline and we are back at square one before the chem attack. Thing is, they can no longer use the chem weapon excuse. So what are they going to do next to justify attacking Syria? The drawing board is already out in the WH new bunker. LOL
Look out, desperation is dangerous.
Oh, come on. The best stuff will always be hidden and unavailable to inspectors and incineration crews. Probably split off long ago and hidden in tunnels unknown to foreign intelligence. I'm sure that all kinds of expired and defective chemical munitions will be readily available for destruction, though.
Obama slithers out of the weasle hole to claim victory.
But, they have to keep this in the news for a couple more weeks until I invent another crisis to drive Benghazi, my economy, Fast & Furious, black murders in my sweet home Chicago, my foreign policy, etc. from the news.
Bashir, can you agree to this? (face saving measure)
Look. I tell ya what. Frankly, I don’t CARE if this moron ‘takes credit’ for this. One strike and the Russians would feel almost obligated to stop it best they can and possibly retaliate... and that would be wayyyy to close to nuclear war for my tastes.
I will damn TAKE IT.
However, there’s no win here. Let me explain why. This has NOTHING to do with chemical weapons, and EVERYTHING to do with the Saudis and Qatar wanting a natgas pipeline through Syria, to Europe. Russia does NOT want that, they have a lock on Europe’s natural gas, and they are broke. So this issue is not solved.
I predict, a month (maybe two) goes by, and another chem ‘attack’ is orchestrated by Saudi and rebel operatives, so the US can falsely claim Syria held some weapons back and used them again.
Ok, so, given the choice between nuke war now, or nuke war a month or two from now, I’ll take the latter.
I really don’t CARE if Obama takes credit. Only the liberals will buy it; middle- and right-wingers already know how horribly this whole affair was bungled.
As an analogy: Let us say some hikers decide to climb a mountain in the dead of winter, and become terribly stranded halfway up. If they happen upon a small cabin with supplies and survive until winter passes, then make it back down again, do you congratulate them on their ingenuity for finding the cabin? Or do you cuss their damn-foolishness for climbing a mountain in winter to begin with?
I no longer think this is a distraction. Does anyone around here really believe that Boehner is going to defund Obamacare, get to the bottom of F & Furious, not raise the debt ceiling, get to the bottom of the IRS, not grant amnesty and all because of Syria, were it not for that, they would pounce? I doubt it.
What have they done so far?
We will be lucky to have the twits vote against a Syria strike.
He will send troops to Syria to “make sure” the chemicals are taken away from Assad. Terrorists will attack our soldiers. The media will blame Assad. The war is on! And it wasn’t obama’a fault according the press.
It’s not about natural gas, oil, or any pipeline.
If Russian troops are guarding the chemical weapons, any US strike on Syria is out of question.