WASHINGTON — For more than a week, the White House had been barreling toward imminent military action against Syria. But President Barack Obama’s abrupt decision to instead ask Congress for permission left him with a high-risk gamble that could devastate his credibility if no action is ultimately taken in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack that crossed his own ‘‘red line.’’ (Snip) The consequences for Obama’s turnabout could be sweeping, both at home and abroad. If Congress votes against military action, it would mark a humiliating defeat for a second-term president already fighting to stay
Comments: Giving him Politically Correct kid-glove treatment for 5 years only helped propel an incompetent person onto the world stage. Now we´ll all suffer.
Need one even bother to say "Were this George Bush........", and yet note the silence re: any criticism of Obama in these major areas, compared to VAST calls for impeachment (Biden etc.) when Bush managed a coalition of a hundred countries and passage by Congress re: Iraq. The Press should be shot!
Julie, Julie, Julie. Syria decision flipping is NOT the reason Obama has NO credibility. He lost any he might have had way back when he bought stationery for the ´´Office of the President Elect.´´ Does the AP not have access to the internet?
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Old Army Vet, 9/1/2013 9:18:50 AM (No. 9500842)
Credibility, that´s a laugh. He has never had any credibility. Obama is a political lightweight. He is a poor leader. In fact, he is not a leader. He leads by following. The worst President in my time. He can´t make a decicon and stick to it. Old wishy washy in and out with the tide Zippy. I hope that the people that voted for him see the error of their ways.
Let me get this straight. Our enemies are in the middle of obliterating themselves and we´re contemplating stepping in? There´s nothing in it for us, so I agree with Sarah Palin--"Let Allah sort it out".
Wanted American hegemony ended? You got it. Americans who sought to appease the world and helped elect the 0 man, also want the griping world to settle its own bloody affairs.
The case for striking Syrian dictator Assad is moot to Americans who know it will just empower al Qaeda--that al Qeada who went into Mali and took half its country killing many, when Lybia was destabilized.
Credibility my rear. Zippy ran his ignorant mouth once again, and his idea of walking the walk to back up his baseless rhetoric is the same as always: look for someone else to falsely blame to achieve political cover, aided by a disgustingly complicit Goebbels media. This is all political calculation, a squirrel to distract from Zippy´s inability to make any decision ever which benefits America, and his glaring failure of leadership and governing skills.
I may be in error here, but I don´t recall Obama ever having any credibility. All this means is that his credibility has either remained the same, or has gotten a bit worse. Is there any lower limit to credibility? If so, Obama must be heading toward it at a very high rate of speed. Will the crash be on shown on Fox, in color and surround sound?
The incompetence and inexperience is palpable and it has been palpable for a very long time. Ditto the contradictions and the outright lies. What hope do we have with a fawning press, an army of lo-fo voters and a cohort of entitlement addicts? Pray.
Well it´s back to the golf course. Is this the same Congress that wants to take away your guns, give amnesty to 20,000,000 criminals, kill 58,000,000 babies and totally screw up the health care system? Perhaps we should think this over.
Isn´t it strange how the so-called "Death toll" from the so-called "Gas Attack" keeps rising the more days we get from the date of the attack. The lefty media at first said nearly 3,000, then it was down to 1,300, then down to only 300. Then when inspectors arrived, they could only find a very few dead people- "Uh, yeah- we had to bury them quickly." "Where?"- Uh, we forget!"
No inspection team has ever found the mass grave or actually counted the dead- only photographs and small, close in video shots of the "dead". Don´t forget, these are the same people who were screeching and screaming over "dead" kids when one one of the supposedly demised little darlings started giggling in the back ground! Fake!
Now, in this article, the writer publishes a confident number of 1,400 dead "indluding 426 children" as if he personally counted every one of them, checking their individual identities for ages "under 18" among the dead. No certification of these numbers. The media are so accustomed to their fawning readers just accepting anything they say when the word "Øbama" is in the article they don´t need no stinking certifications!
Credibility? Our diplomatic mission was attacked in Benghazi, Lybia, our ambassador brutally murdered, others killed, and they would have killed everyone there had it not been for those who disobeyed orders to not defend, and our fearless leader does nothing. Meanwhile in Syria where there is no national interest, where we don´t know beyond a reasonable doubt who used the chemicals, and in any event, one side or the other, if we take action, we will be supporting our enemy, he wants to bring us to the brink of war, kill anyone who gets in the way, and achieve nothing.
Unfortunately, this is about more than OBAMA´s credibility. The reputation of the United States of America is at stake. He is playing politics with the security and national interests of the United States of America.
The States of America, united, must be the ones to take decisive action to remove this embarrassment from the executive position and reclaim America´s reputation from the ash heap of history.
Out of there, come back home, defend don´t attack, stop steaing wasting trillions, take care of all our own war injured ones and families, fire all non essential bureaucrats FIRST defend don´t start fights on the other side of the allah world. get allah and all of the Marxist indoctrinators OUT OF HERE OUT OF OUR OWN GOVERNMENT, NETWORKS ACADEME and ESPECIALLY HOLLYWOOD. EXPOSE OUR OWN HOUSE REID PUGLOSI SCHUMER RUBIO FEINSTEIN MCCAIN TRAITORS
NO-Bomber... and his NOT-Really-A-Bad-ASS-ministration...
At least for today, or this holiday weekend... or until further notice... and... We´ll see what actually happens after Zippy gets back to work in the Oral Orifice...
Meanwhile, he´s out on the Golf Course, utilizing... a stiff shaft for... NO-Bomber´s favorite shot... The Reggie Wedgie... Which is probably what caused him to lose all of his balls a long time ago...
And maybe that´s why he´s just a little testy at times...
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