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  • Putin The Peacemaker bests Obama The Warmonger

    09/14/2013 10:57:45 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 14 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-14-13 | Curt
    Well it's official. Putin got everything he demanded, the US received nothing in return as far as insurance. Daddy Putin just spanked Obama: U.S., Russia reach agreement on seizure of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal The United States and Russia agreed Saturday on an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons and said Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week. The agreement will be backed by a U.N. Security Council resolution that could allow for sanctions or other consequences if Syria fails to comply, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said. Kerry said...
  • Putin Makes Obama Pay a High Price for Syria Escape

    09/14/2013 12:35:56 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 12, 2013 | By Chris Stirewalt
    John Kerry can finally say he knows how Richard Nixon felt. Kerry rose to power because of his leading role in the American antiwar movement of the 1970s. His testimony accusing, sometimes wrongly, American soldiers of atrocities in Vietnam launched a political career that took him to the Senate, the Democratic nomination for the presidency and, now, to the top post in President Obama’s cabinet. Vladimir Putin rose to power because of his service in the KGB, which in the 1970s was trying to exploit and manipulate the American antiwar movement. We know that while Kerry and others on the...
  • Obama Rescues Assad {Wall St. J. Editorial: "What A Fiasco"]

    09/10/2013 5:46:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | September 10, 2013 | Editorial
    September 10, 2013 Obama Rescues Assad The President lets Putin outmaneuver him on Syrian chemical arms. What could be worse for America's standing in the world than a Congress refusing to support a President's proposal for military action against a rogue regime that used WMD? Here's one idea: A U.S. President letting that rogue be rescued from military punishment by the country that has protected the rogue all along. That's where President Obama now finds himself on Syria after he embraced Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to take custody of Bashar Assad's chemical weapons. The move may rescue Mr. Obama...
  • Obama's speech a model of persuasion

    09/11/2013 11:26:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | September 11, 2013 | By David Kusnet
    Sixty-one percent of Americans polled, who watched President Obama's prime-time speech, told CNN that they support his policy towards Syria. Since some surveys showed as much as two-thirds opposition to military action against Syria in the days before the speech, the poll suggests that he did what presidents rarely do: change people's minds, if only temporarily. How did he do it? In only 15 minutes, President Obama made his points, simply and straightforwardly. Anyone arguing a controversial case in the court of public opinion can learn from what he said and how he said it:
  • There's Almost No Chance Russia's Plan for Syria's Chemical Weapons Will Work

    09/11/2013 7:35:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 09/11/2013 | Yochi Dreazen
    Russia's proposal for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to place his chemical weapons under international supervision and then destroy them is quickly gaining steam. Assad's government accepted the plan this morning. A few hours later, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande announced that they'd seriously explore the proposal. It already has the backing of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a growing number of influential lawmakers from both parties. There's just one problem: the plan would be nearly impossible to actually carry out. Experts in chemical weapons disposal point to a host of challenges....
  • Disarming Syria Will Be Long, Difficult, Experts Say

    09/11/2013 3:48:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept 11, 2013 | By RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Finding and securing Syria's chemical weapons stockpile amid a bloody civil war will be a daunting and lengthy task that will make bringing some of the world's most contentious regimes to the negotiating table look easy, experts say. Thousands of tons of deadly weapons are spread throughout Syria, hidden in underground bunkers, secured in clandestine government facilities and constantly being moved, according an unclassified CIA report. "Nothing about this will be easy," said Gwyn Wifiled, editor of CBRNe World and an expert on weapons of mass destruction. "The inspectors will effectively become a third player in the conflict. It will...
  • Obama’s Syria muddle (Milbank)

    09/10/2013 11:56:32 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2013 | By Dana Milbank
    What is the Obama administration plan in Syria? It depends on whom you ask and when. At 9 p.m. Tuesday, President Obama, in his address to the nation, said that he had “asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force.” This contradicted what his secretary of state, John Kerry, had said in testimony to Congress just 11 hours earlier. “We’re not asking Congress not to vote,” Kerry told the House Armed Services Committee. “I’m not asking [for] delay,” he added later. Kerry can be forgiven for being at odds with the president. The...
  • Barack Hussein to America: "Never Mind."

    09/10/2013 9:34:56 PM PDT · by UnBubba · 20 replies
    9-11-13 | Self
    Barack Hussein Obama II is a socialist/marxist who only cares about power.
  • Kerry Says Deal on Syria ‘Exceedingly Difficult’

    09/10/2013 1:07:36 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 51 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept 10, 2013 | By Dion Nissenbaum
    WASHINGTON—Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday that it would be “exceedingly difficult” for Syria to meet the international community’s conditions for giving up its chemical weapons and avoiding a threatened U.S. military strike. As President Barack Obama prepared to deliver a nationally televised address Tuesday night on the Syrian crisis, Mr. Kerry urged skeptical lawmakers to back the administration’s call to launch a limited attack against Syria if a last-minute diplomatic gambit fails. While Mr. Kerry hailed an evolving effort led by Russia to avert a U.S. attack as “the ideal way” to end the crisis, he said that...