WASHINGTON — Facing faltering support in foreign capitals and Congress for a strike against Syria, the Obama administration on Friday made an aggressive and coordinated push to justify a military intervention on the grounds that American credibility was at stake. One day after the British Parliament voted against an attack on Syria, a stunning blow to White House plans for a broad coalition to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for a mass killing in the suburbs of Damascus last week, President Obama and his top aides gave every indication that they were in final preparations for an attack that
JAY CARNEY: Here’s the video of Kerry’s next ´´Address to the Nation´´ on Syria, Mr. President.
KERRY: Good evening. Our intelligence agencies are reasonably certain it was Syria that attacked Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, on Tuesday last week with missiles containing sarin gas.
Almost 1.5 million civilian deaths resulted from this wanton act, comparable only to the horrors I personally witnessed Americans committing in Vietnam almost fifty years ago.
I have just spoken to President Obama at his vacation compound in Hawaii. He asked me to reassure the international community the U.S. will not act unilaterally unless we obtain video of Assad entering launch codes and pushing buttons clearly marked, ´´Sarin--Riyadh.´´
When or if that happens, the president may order our remaining carrier groups to the eastern Mediterranean to conduct limited ´´non-surgical´´ strikes, with targets announced well in advance so that we don’t accidentally hurt Syrians and cause them to undergo surgeries.
I repeat what I’ve said the other six times such attacks have happened since August: this will not stand. We will continue talking with everybody, including the American people, concerning what they think about Syria.
The president has asked me to run a Twitter poll on our options so that uninformed Americans can make their voices heard on something they know absolutely nothing about and for which they care not a whit.
As always, we reserve the right to make our own decisions and act on our own timelines, even if those timelines expire after the next election, or the one after that. Through me, the president asks for your patience and support.
At some point in the near future, he will invite the MSNBC news team to the White House for a candid off-the-record conversation on Syria.
Thank you, and good evening.
OBAMA: A little strong, Jay. Tell him to tone it down.
We are going to start a war because our credibility is slipping! Sounds like a plan to me. NOT! When will the NYT realize that The One does not tell the truth and he does not know what he is doing and that Valerie Jarrett is running this fiasco?
John Fraud Carry claims that obama is not paying attention to what our allies think about a US strike. If that´s the case, he´s much more dense than we think. Clearly, Russia should be a major concern because they know that obie doesn´t have the cajones to stand up to them if they get serious and hit us back.
The window of opportunity has slammed shut on the dithering dope and nothing he does now will save face for him. The time to hit Assad´s forces was three days before the attack when they they were observed wearing gas masks. A few well-placed cruise missiles would have sent a much stronger "message" than is being sent now. Obama certainly looks small in front of those big flags. I can´t imagine still being in the military with this loser in command.
Read the comments at the NY Times and laugh, laugh, laugh! What do the sycophants have to say? How do the betrayed and battered respond to the great messiah? "Oh! But Bush was worse." or "That´s why we voted for the fearless Obama, his thirst for justice against all odds!" Really pathetic.
"The president said he appreciated that there was a “certain weariness” following the war in Afghanistan and a suspicion about military action in the aftermath of the Iraq war. "
Odd that Obama and his regime´s sycophants never mention Obama´s disastrous war to overthrow Libya´s dictator, only Iraq and Afghanistan, two legally authorized wars he always blames on Bush. Is BO´s unauthorized destruction of Libya viewed as a pre-season game, where results don´t matter?
Also strange that Obama doesn´t remind us that he is the president who "surged" an additional 65,000 troops to Afghanistan for what he called the "good war, the war we have to win". Obama´s Afghan campaign is ending in failure as the Taliban, al-Qaeda and 3 other terrorist groups retake districts won with American blood and treasure. As with all his mistakes, this seems to escape notice.
"Brother Barack, do not allow our Syrian brothers and sisters to die in vain. Your representatives told us if we used Assad´s chemical weapons against a large number of our own neighbors, the world would unite against Assad. People are seeing through our trickery, so you must act fast, before any of the survivors turn against us. In the name of Allah, brother, do as you have promised, and your place in Islamic history will be secure."
First you´ve told Syria where and what you will attack. They have since hidden or moved those items most probably in highly populated areas. Hence lobbing in any weapons will undoubtedly kill and injure innocent civilians.
Secondly, you have no support of this from American Citizens and many members of Congress.
Thirdly you are worried about saving face...yours. Your ego has run amok.
Forth you have no support from our allies.
Fifth you have a veiled threat of retaliation from China and Russia to enjoin in the "fray"
Sixth you have no support from the UN
Seventh you need to back off. Assad has gotten the message.
Eight both the rebels and Syria hate the USA and are declared enemies of the USA.
Finally you are in NO WIN for the USA and you will put the USA,Israel, Jordan, Turkey as a minimum in jeopardy.
That first paragraph is a howler. Where does one begin tearing it apart? I´ll try:
Facing faltering support in foreign capitals and Congress for a strike against Syria, the Obama administration on Friday made an aggressive and coordinated push to justify a military intervention on the grounds that American credibility was at stake. One day after the British Parliament voted against an attack on Syria, a stunning blow to White House plans for a broad coalition to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for a mass killing in the suburbs of Damascus last week, President Obama and his top aides gave every indication that they were in final preparations for an attack...
1. Obama is "justifying military action on the grounds that "American credibility is at stake"? Is that the ground upon which you decide to go to war? Or do you go to war because America´s national interests are at stake and/or because you don´t want runaway "final solutions" like in Germany in WWII?
2. The Brits refusal to go in is seen by the NYT as "...a blow to the White House plans", as though that is the criterion by which decisions are made.
3. The first paragraph alone is all about how all of these serious matters affect Obama, not about doing what is right for America. Has is occurred to the NYT that 80% of Americans don´t want us involved over there in Syria?
Is this all about whether or not the White House "gets a boost" or whether America gets a boost? It´s not that hard to tell the difference but the NYT seems to be wearing blinders. Still.
But, he said, “a lot of people think something should be done, but nobody wants to do it,” and the United States would send the wrong message to the world if it did nothing.
Too late. The "wrong message" was sent at Benghazi and the post-Benghazi utter lack of accountability. The "wrong message" was sent with Obama´s "red line". The "wrong message" was sent when Obama bowed his knee to foreign heads of State. The "wrong message" was sent when, time after time, Obama & Co. make rotten decisions regarding our foreign policy and our national defense.
And the biggest "wrong message" of all is that Obama has made America the laughingstock of the world because of his wimpiness. Now suddenly, he´s a hawk that will go it alone? Please. He will do nothing that isn´t pre-won by others.
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The Advocate, 8/31/2013 8:55:48 AM (No. 9499546)
Samantha Powers Right to Protect on steroids. No sane person wants US to go to war when neither side is our ally. This is Bosnia all over again -the Muslims kill their own to get US to intervene. We helped Albanian Muslims in Formerly Serbian Christian enclave of Kosovo wipe out the Christians. Assad has protected the Christians from persecution. Obama would be using US military to support AQ"rebels." Is this what Obama and Hilary were doing at Benghazi that they sought to cover up with Amb Stevens death? Is this why now NSA Susan Rice LIED to American People and UN? Obama, Kerry, Rice and Hilary are proven LIARS- they have no credibility and Brits were right to tell them NO! Demand a Select Committee on Benghazi before any more US blood is shed.
Obama overthrew the government in Libya to put the MB in power. He overthrew the government in Egypt to put the MB in power. He will now overthrow the government in Syria to put the MB in power. The MB is Sunni. He is Sunni. This isn’t rocket science.
The only Mid-east policy worth having is to support Israel 100% and let the Muslims kill each other off. Bush was an idiot for pushing us into Iraq, as was Obama with Libya and now with Syria. The only thing done well in the last 12 years was the CIA/Special Forces working with the Northern Alliance to overthrow the Taliban. We should have just declared victory and left Afghanistan then. We have no national interest in the results of a Syrian civil war.
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Ida Lou Pino, 8/31/2013 10:52:18 AM (No. 9499775)
WARNING - - -
Please do not make the assumption that 0bama is a bumbling incompetent. He is anything but.
What´s happening right now over Syria is neither an embarrassment nor a miscalculation. He is determined - - very determined - - to destroy the United States. Any disastrous action he takes will not be reckless at all - - it will be a deliberate decision to advance his long-term goal.
Remember - - he is not a bumbler - - he is our enemy.
An email from Glenn Beck shows a rebel leader cutting open the chest of someone he murdered, cutting out organs and starting to eat them, showing what will happen to his enemies. Video includes Putin asking if we want to support someone who cuts out the organs of enemies and eats them. Seems these are the guys our fidiots want to send support to. We knew the last 4 years of the Preezy´s reign was going to be hairy, but Lord have mercy!
I can well understand why the British did not what to go along with this "shot across the bow." Why should anybody want to expend lives and treasure on a meaningless operation so that our President can claim he is "doing something."
It has been a year since Obama made his bombastic "red line" speech, yet it is obvious that he and his administration did zero planing for what to do if Assad called his bluff.
Calling this Obama Chinese fire drill a foreign policy would be laughable if the consequences were not so dangerous.
They are trying to figure out how to prop up the Muslim Brotherhood and put them in power Syria after they were thrown out of Egypt, without APPEARING to be doing it solely to support the Muslim Brotherhood. So they use chemical weapons as a pretense and make up a bunch of, in Putin´s words, "utter nonsense" about international "norms" and moral obligations to mask their intention to flagrantly violate international law by committing an unprovoked act of war against a sovereign nation.
This Obama crew has no regard for domestic American law, refusing to enforce those it doesn´t like and doing by executive order what they couldn´t jam through Congress. Why should anyone think they would have any higher regard for international law or feel any more constrained by it?
The way the Obozo is going about all of this Syria actions makes me wonder just what would Obozo do if Russia, China, or some other country would decide to fire a few nuclear missiles at the US. Would he retaliate or just sit around talking about it. I don´t think he has the cojones to do anything like that. And it´s actually downright scary to think that that is where we seem to be heading. US credibility is in the tank and going down faster every day.
An analogy of the Syrian situation: You are caught in the food court at the mall with two people shooting at each other, and one guy has his 6 children with him. You don´t fully understand what the history of their dispute is, but there are innocent children at risk - you have to do something, right?!
You have called the mall cop, but he doesn´t want to get involved. Will you pulling your gun out of your purse improve this situation for the one child who has been shot, or the 5 who are still hiding under tables? The more likely result is that both parties will turn their guns on you and the bullets flying around will be increased even more?
It is the definition of a no win situation! Oh, and the relatives of both fighting parties will follow you home to punish you for getting involved in their dispute.
A larger question... Is the War Powers Resolution worth the paper it´s printed on? Is it even Constitutional? In any case this proposed action should fail the test. Obviously the President is only supposed to use force repel an imminent attack. I guess Clinton killed that requirement in Serbia where Congress flatly refused to give him authorization to bomb. He did it anyway.
50 USC § 1541 (c) Presidential executive power as Commander-in-Chief; limitation (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
We´re launching an attack because Syrians are killing Syrians. By Obama´s logic , we should be lobbing Tomahawks into Chicago. Many , many more have died in the ongoing Darfur genocide than the 1400 gas attack victims in Syria , but, Barry never felt the need to start a war there.
Dear God, help us! Meantime, last night on Leno who all but kissed McCain on the lips, we heard McC say that the Russians wouldn´t "dare" hit our ships in the Mediterranean among lots of other stupid things.
Americans do not want this. The Brits were correct. They know they represent the will of the people. What the hell happened to us?
Congress hasn´t even been involved beyond the rollover sycophants in leadership.
Good call. 2 PM ET Obama has just thrown the question to congress . . . and given the sentiment of the people and the make up of congress and the precedent set by the House of Commons in Britain last week there´s not much chance they will authorize it. This is good!
#17: Why doesn´t this bozo take a deep breath, shoot some rounds of golf and forget about it?
Did you mean shoot himself in the foot then retire to the Oval Office and put his feet on Lincoln´s desk? He´s been doing that for 4½ years.
#24: Please do not make the assumption that 0bama is a bumbling incompetent. He is anything but.
Sorry, but I heartily disagree (in a tongue in cheek way). I believe he has a less than average IQ. He learned to read and like Jay Carney gets up in front of a teleprompter and spews what is on the screen or he stumbles over talking points pounded into his head. I make the assumption that he´s a dimwit as described by Matt Patterson in Newsweek. Just the front cover says it all! "Hit the Road, Barack" (It´s on The Blaze, so I presume it is for real.)
The man isn´t just blinking, he is setting up his own exit plan--Congress gets the blame for whatever but doesn´t get to have input if they were to want to go forward.
He doesn´t need to slink but can get up on his community organizing speech grandstand and , ...well...grandstand. He was ready to punish the baby killers but Congress wasn´t.
Whew, glad I figured that out--Israel still having a sigh of relief moment.
The Prez fixed himself with Congress and the American people by still campaigning against half of the nation.
Satan and the Communists and some socialists may be celebrating--glowing red in the chaos created? Do we get a reprieve or is the stage being set for the world being saved by a more convincing but totally mesmerizing speaker? (that wasn´t obaMao--he mesmerizes those who want to share the power he gains)
One who may have a born in Israel birth certificate of not?
Obama is a joke. And the arrogant buffoon is no bigger joke than in Damascus, Tehran and Moscow. They´re laughing their butts off at him. Blustering and stomping his feet on Friday and waffling and wandering off to the golf course on Saturday.
Here´s what is called for now: - We need the pundits and the people to be merciless in their assessment of his incompetence and incoherence. - HOWEVER, we need the Republican Party, leaders and rank and file to welcome his reasonableness in deciding to go to Congress. High road, Pubbies.
#33, Clever, alliterative references to Obama´s race destroy any arguments or comments you may have. Consider stifling. And Obama is a racialist, not a racist. He uses race when it serves his political purposes, just like he uses anything else in his despicable demagoguery. Don´t let this confuse.
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