GWEN IFILL: Hello, Mr. President. Thank you so much for joining us. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Really appreciate it. Thank you. ARTICLE TOOLS Print Email Share JUDY WOODRUFF: And welcome to the NewsHour. (snip)PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, first of all, I’ve not made a decision. I have gotten options from our military, had extensive discussions with my national security team. So let me talk about what’s at stake here. I think we all understand terrible things have been happening in Syria for quite some time, that the Assad regime there has been killing its own people by the tens of thousands, that
Comments: The leaks have turned this into a Charlie Foxtrot strategic embarrassment and now the dithering begins....
Even if he decides to do something, the fact that he has taken so long confirms once again what our enemies have learned about this president. My understanding is that he has previously stated that his strategic policy regarding a nuclear attack on the United States is "absorb and assess." Seriously.
Obama´s big mouth got him in a corner. The U.S. should stay out of Syria´s civil war. Muslims killing Muslims, what´s not to like. Keep both sides supplied with lots of ammo. If he wants to missile someone, missile Iran. He doesn´t have the nads for that. Muslims are not worth one dime of taxpayer´s money or one drop of an American soldier´s blood. America´s biggest threat is posed by leftwing Democrats and not AQ or Taliban fanatics.
I do not want Obama/ValJar/Soros to be the trio who start WWIII. He can look for his stupid legacy some other way.
Shouldn´t he be spending time worrying about his Presidential Library and new Global Non-Profit that ValJar will head? I´m sure the Clintoons can tell them just how to steal funds from the organization in order to continue their rich and famous life style.
Each time Obama mentioned a stockpile of chemical weapons, I wanted the interviewers to ask, where did those chemical weapons come from. Does Syria have a longstanding reputation for producing them or did they arrive across the border straight from Saddam Hussein´s regime just like President Bush said. Not one bit of journalistic curiosity. Odd, isn´t it? /s
Obama golfs, vacations, makes the occasional teleprompter speech and appears with media toadies who are eagerly willing to kiss his butt. He can get away with illegally and unconstitutionally altering legislation and forcing liberal social engineering down our throats because our government offers no easy way to stop him. When it comes to foreign policy he is dealing with people a whole lot smarter than he is and who are not the least bit impressed with him and his opinion of himself. Obama didn´t sign up to govern and now the whole world knows it.
He can´t make decisions, but he can do things which foul up the stock market, the Israelis, etc. etc. etc. The world is suddenly in turmoil, turmoil to which he materially contributed. Some say he likes to do this, because it gives him a chance to act unruffled, but I think this is incompetent behavior, not calculated behavior. He´s capable of calculated behavior, of course, but he´s more than capable of incompetent behavior.
We should not get involved in a civil war. let the extremists on both sides fight it out and hopefully thin the herd. Only when or if the moderates exert their desire for peace will there be a resolution.
"Let me be clear. When I say ‘I have not made a decision,’ I say it with unambiguous decisiveness, determination, strong-mindedness, steadfastness, inflexibility, resolve, resoluteness and I really really really mean it.” – President Barack Hussein Obama
I don´t think we should do anything in Syria. It´s futile to get involved in the Middle East except to protect Israel if necessary. That said,
[OBAMA:} ...if, in fact, we make a choice to have repercussions for the use of chemical weapons, then the Assad regime, ... will have received a pretty strong signal, that in fact, it better not do it again.
What "repercussions"? If a shot across the bow is all that happens, why bother? They´ll just rebuild and regroup. You have to destroy a cancer to keep it from growing back.
And that doesn’t solve all the problems inside of Syria, and, you know, it doesn’t, obviously end the death of innocent civilians inside of Syria.
What, exactly, will Assad et al do? Suddenly decide to stop oppressing and killing their own people? Why? Because we took out their airstrips and planes? Those people never change. Tyranny is the default position of mankind unless outside forces destroy tyrants, not pinprick them.
Now, if they want to go in their with boots on the ground and wipe out Assad and everyone else in power, go ahead, so long as our oil supply isn´t disrupted.
We have good reason to resent his commandeering of any of our armed forces for his ridiculous Arab spring.
´ love the way the major news network´s evening news began their program with this "dome" someone came up with: It said the US would use stand off weapons while showing the dome over Syria, as if any missiles fired or planes launched from Syria would crash into it and fall back to earth. Maybe they got that idea from Stephen King and his dome show.
Bamboozler gets minimum two-fer for all the war drum banging re Syria: It takes the heat off of him in the news by drawing attention away from his Egypt failure(heard much on it lately?) and tests the public for reaction so he can actually make a foreign policy decision. If he or more likely Valerie is listening, then they should know majority of Americans want him to leave well enough alone as he is in way over his head. He´s already shown all too well he doesn´t know what he is doing.
Well, so far any of his decisions have been pathetic so I´m all for him not to make any on this situation also. I´m sure it would not be the right one for America anyway. So he should just go play golf with Reggie Love. The Lord of the Flies should just stay low for the duration of OUR sentence with him.
I thought this "interview" was from the Onion. Where were all the questions about the economy? The mass murder in Mexico he is a part of? The corruption he is involved in? Where are the survivors of Benghazi? Why no questions on why he supports the muslim brotherhood etc etc etc.
Let me be perfectly clear Judy, I´ve worked with those folks that paint those great long white street lines across our highways and byways. I´ve learned from the best of the best and when I paint a Red Line you can be sure that it is done by a professional like me.Red Lines, Green Lines and whatever color you want, I´ll draw them for you. Next question please!
What a difference a week makes. Go back to recent news articles and have a good laugh. The French were going to ´punish the Syrians´. Snicker, that lasted but a few days and they surrendered without a shot fired.
The UK was going to send ships and men to join the fight against those dirty Syrians. Cameron said so, but that didn´t last long. The Empire that had once occupied large parts of the world took only a few days to turn tail and reverse that decision. After all London IS surrounded by Muslims.
Obama, that heroic Community Organizer, out of his element as usual, drew a red line, a yellow line, then a white flag. Now he´s threatening some sort of shot across the bow of some unidentified ship to show the Syrians he means what he says, I mean he really, really means it.
Of course, someone finally tapped him on the shoulder and told him the facts of life. The Russians, Chinese and other bad guys with big ships and planes have said again, and again to back off, Syria is their friend, and to get your butt back to Chicago.
They also mentioned the UN and the fact that nobody had proven that Assad had gassed anyone. What to do now... so many scandals for Baracky to hide and some people actually do fight back. I guess a return to spying on those ungrateful American people.
Oh yes, the old no decision is my decision. WE all know he has made a decision as to where he will go on the next vacation. First things first. He has gotten options from the First Nutritionist as to either Aspen, Hawaii, Africa, Australia, The Bahamas or Scotland. So many wonderful golf courses to choose from, he needs to give it more thought.
Surprised?...Was the world really expecting the "decisive" qualities of a General George S. Patton, Jr., or Soviet Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov, from an undocumented, third-rate leftist politician, infamous for voting "present," on 129 occasions, during his time in the Illinois General Assembly?
Best rethink things a bit...Obama has called wolf in this several times...this time the meme was catching...And not by accident.
Obama was transferring weapons and WMD out of Beghazi...to AlQaeda...
This is to begin a war in the Middle East...and close our oil pipeline at the Straights of Hormuz...hisnfriend that he demanded be reinstalled in Egypt or he would ut off funding. Is part and parcel of his cabal...Obama has stopped drilling in the USA through the use and direction of FEMA and the EPA...he has weakened the dollar ...he has spent is country into Oblivion!!! He was created racial strife and chaos for confusion... He wants to collapse the dollar and the country into communism..and. With his friends the IslamoCommunists of the Muslim Brotherhood he is damn close. This isn´t just Chauncey Gardner....He IS a revolutionary and a communist..whose mentor greatly admired Hitler and Stalin
If Barry decides to off Assad, why not have Special Ops rig an eye-chart for the ex-eye doctor saying, in decreasing fonts: "You will be shot dead. Prepare to join Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Saddam, etc. in hell."
Good! read the Bible, the OT. the Assyrians were the scourge of at world. Always theywer fighting and sticking it to their neighbors. This one time there is not shame in doing nothing. It shouldbe an entire wld effort to isolate the chin-less doc. Also Benghazi should have been world outrage. We are suppose to protect and support the ambassador-embassy entity. The rest of the ambassadores know what happened. it is a disgrace thatthey have allowed Chris the amb to go unavenged.
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