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.
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...
That’s in the “monarchical case”
I am disgusted that this IDIOT has been given a weasel’s excuse out of this predicament he created for himself! Now he will be the Won again and go play a round of golf with a big smirk on his face. And give the U.S. Citizens a one finger wave as he skips across the eighteenth green. Just DISGUSTED!
If it isn’t a distraction where are all the threads on the budget fight, F&F, Benghazi, jobs, etc.? Take a look at the side panel.
This is hilarious. First please know that the Al Qaeda gassed the people in an absolute act of desperation to get the “do good” liberals and socialists in gullible USA to knee jerk a total violation of international law to get involved. Syria was not a signatory to the Chemical weapons treaty.so they don’t have to. Now they may do so so they can continue to slaughter our ARCH enemy,the Sunni Al Queda!! But only if all agree that Syria had nothing to do with the Chemical release near Damascus and That it was the Terrorists!! Otherwise — Pull the trigger. The Russians said it “Obama is like a monkey with a hand Grenade”. Get it on “O”. Fight or flight.
I respectfully disagree.
Thanks to Putin !
Not to Obama stupid arrogant liar
Putin is one mean dude! First he kicks Obama’s butt at the G20 meeting, then comes to his aid? He’s just toying with him at this point.
The crime of using chemical weapons is being plea bargined to anxiety served and unproductive negotiations
This one is over. Obama is off the hook. The media will dub him a savior and Obama will claim his threats alone shook enough fear to deliver victory without firing a shot. Nobody is happier about Kerry’s gaffe than Obama.
Congress just returned today. It is somewhat a distraction, but can you tell me that if it was not, the outcomes would be any different than what we expect on anything else?
If we cannot get the vote in the House to stop this, we sure as hell won’t get them to stop or defund anything else.
Now, this may get put off awhile. Some are already saying the other items may be put off until much later.
Interesting theory by Abrit.. Hmmm...
You’re not clear, at least to me. So far Obama’s gotten nothing. It’s all a distraction.
” ....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 .....”
Not only that, even if Assad handed over all of Syria’s chemical weapons, the Brotherhood will likely stage another attack and we’ll end up bombing Assad anyway.
So far Obama has gotten nothing because Congress just returned this afternoon. Reid has already put off the Senate vote on Syria.
Do you think the GOP will do anything different than usual in the house?
I believe I heard Cantor say they will continue the continuing resolution keeping with the sequestration levels and that they would raise the debt ceiling
The best we can hope for is that the amnesty bill gets kicked down the road and that they vote no on Syria.
Bonehead and Cantor aren’t interested in defunding Obamacare.
The Democrats are absolutely bizarre. They truly believe Obama can do no wrong, that he was sent by Providence or something. Even after watching this circus of the last few days, they still think the Obama Administration is just great.
They face a dynamic political reality.
America elected Obama twice. The electorate gets the government they want, the government they deserve.
We don’t have a conservative majority in America. It’s not realistic to pretend we run the country.
I agree with that.
I’m ok with Obummer acting like a weasel again. Wasn’t in the mood for a Nuke Winter anyways. What’s funny is that we got Hildabeast going on-the-record to support the Syrian War, which could make for some interesting negative campaign ads.
So how many years do you think it will take before Syria accounts for all its chemical weapons? At least Saddam gave us a list back in 1991. We have no such list from Assad.
“Hes weaseling. Well, if that means the USA stays out of Syria then Im fine with it.”
hey, we got a twofer. not only do we stay out of Syria, but everyone knows he weaseled.
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.
You may be right, but I have a different opinion. Having pushed our country to the brink of war, because of 0dumb0's rash choice of words and his bruised narcissistic ego, I believe that 0dumb0 was desperately looking for a way out. I think the House would not have approved his congressional mandate to go to war, and 0dumb0 knew that and therefore this gets him off the hook.
That being said, I hope the GOP (and even some DemoRATs) in both the Senate & the House continue to shoot down any go-to-war authorization for the commie muzlim pig 0dumb0, just so he can't claim that Congress gave him the authorization (and bragging rights).
In fact I think it is a strong possibility that neither the Senate or the House will be inclined to vote on this. DemoRATs are not anxious to take the mantle of "War Party" away from the Repub neocons.
These people occupying the white house are embarrassing.
Kerry is a complete idiot.
Seems like a good way for Russia and the democrats to hide the fact that Syria had Saddam’s WMDs all this time too. Russia helped move them before Iraq War and quite a few powerful dems were in on it IMHO. Sure were a lot of them visiting Syria during that time. Just speculating of course.
So now, Russia goes in and ‘secures’ Syria’s chemical weapons. The war is postponed.... for awhile. The Iraq war meme of no WMDs is safe from prying eyes. Win/win for the statists and commies.
I will post a story that explains it much better and ping you on it.
“Good. Now can we talk about Obamacare and Benghazi again?”
Don’t forget amnesty.
His threat was not credible. It had no popular support, no international support, and hence would have been rejected by Congress. It was stupid and half cocked in the first place, and Kerry would have made an ass of himself, if he weren’t already one to begin with.
Having gone out naked in his new suit, the emperor took the first exit offered, and the Russians would now believe Obama’s a chump, if they didn’t already know it.
Bottom line, Syria will promise to give all its chemical weapons to the Russkies, and then keep them, with a nod and a wink from Putin. Obama will declare victory. Nobody will really know who used the Sarin gas, and this whole scenario will repeat itself every six months.
I believe Obama is mad that he hasn’t been able to launch some cruise missiles or some bombers like that eeeeeevil war criminal Bush. It’s just not fail he can’t ,are things go boom.
Well, I don't have all the information. Nobody has. However it's probably safe to say that Russia does not want Jihadists to have Syria. It would immediately mean new terrorist training camps right in the middle of the zone that is hot enough already; it would mean a new threat to Israel (about 1/3 of Israel's population speaks Russian,) and it would mean that Syria becomes a huge - and untouchable - weapon depot for every terrorist that comes along and asks for a gun or a mine or a bomb.
Assad was a good enough client even before. But now he will be an excellent client. If not, he will be replaced, just like Hafizullah Amin was. That was done by old USSR, they were afraid of rocking the boat and they had serious and strong opposition. Today Russia's leadership is younger and much more decisive; at the same time the opposing power has decayed significantly. Russia could have conquered entire Georgia if they wanted to.
how Russia can manage to keep the Saudi and Qatar nations from obtaining future deals with surrounding nations to install gas and oil pipe lines to Meditorian ports
As usual, by solving one problem at a time. Making Syria safe for select businessmen and select projects is one of those offers that are hard to decline. There isn't much of new land showing up on Earth - you have to reuse what is already out there.
There are many very complicated ramifications being deliberated in many nations as this crap plays out.
I hope so. But I don't see Russia as too pacifist. They weren't all doves when they clashed with Georgia. Russian generals have nearly continuous battle experience since Chechen wars (I don't count Afghanistan, it was too far ago.) They may not mind a few thousand boots on the ground, because when one pair of boots lands any quantity of most advanced military hardware may immediately follow - hardware that Syria cannot buy. Most importantly that means radars and SIGINT; then air defense; then safe zones. In the end rebels will be isolated, marginalized, and defeated by lack of supplies. That's not impossible if you own the sky.
So let's wait a bit and see what happens. That's the most reliable way to learn the future :-)
What’s another word for kitty?... starts w/a P.
They’re all bumbling idiots BUT at least Kerry, who I detest, put on a good show, acting more Presidential than his kid boss...
“Our Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Strike will show the world they cannot mess with America”
“Pssst... they didn’t mess with America”
Bu bu bu but but what about the 1400 people died ba ba ba ba ....
Bu bu bu but but what about the 1400 people died ba ba ba ba ....
Ive been thinking about this all night...It doesnt make sense. Putin is very very quick to offer the INternational control of weapons IMMEDIATELY after Kerrys faux Pax.
The administration at first says its rhetorical, but then pundits spin this to sound like Obama got the Russians to do this. I say BS.
Lets think this through. WHy would Putin make this offer, unless his intelligence was clear that Obama is using the chemical weapons as a pretext to bomb Syria and support the MB?
Now the ball is back in Obamas court and the media should be thinking there is no longer an issue. Game should be over, right?
WRONG. The Saudis, Obama etc want regime change in Syria. Its not about dying babies and chemical weapons. Its about regime change and support the MB.
Boy, I agree with you and would think Obama is fuming about this.
The Russians can spin this all for as long as they want.
BOTTOM LINE NOW IS THAT THE CONGRESS CANNOT BE DUPED INTO VOTING FOR BOMBING UNDER ANY CONTINGENCY. IN OTHER WORDS THIS SHOULD NOT CHANGE THE VOTE. BOEHNER SHOULD NOW CALL A VOTE ON THIS.
“Whats another word for kitty?... starts w/a P.
Just call a spade a spade and a pussy a pussy!
Obama failing to back up his 2012 red line ... His answer is both immature and petulant, saying I didnt set a red line. The world set a red line. equals “I didn’t break the windowpane, Mommy, the kids of the neighbor did it”
Just like Iraq did for years. It will be interesting to see how the UN inspectors will be able to do anything with a civil war going on as well.
Yes, I agree about the Sunnis need to take a Saudi pipeline out of Iranian threat.
Is Obumma a mooslimb or a commie? Will he dance for Putin or Allaaaah?
I think this is easy to understand... There is no doubt in my mind that Obammy has purchased this outcome. We’ll give billions of dollars to various countries, including russia. He used our tax dollars to buy his way out of this mess. And he gets to pretend like it was tough negotiating etc that made it happen. You can bet the house we paid for this outcome.