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The price of dithering
Boston Herald, by Editorial

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Posted By:StormCnter, 9/2/2013 11:56:01 AM

There has never been a more inept, indecisive occupant of the White House in this nation’s once proud history. (And yes that even includes the hapless Jimmy Carter.) This nation used to stand for something. Our president was once called — quite seriously, in fact — the Leader of the Free World. Barack Obama has degraded the office and in doing so put this nation and most of the Middle East at risk. On Friday Secretary of State John Kerry outlined in the clearest possible terms the case for an imminent U.S. attack on Syria — more than a week after Bashar al-Assad

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: brianod1, 9/2/2013 12:09:21 PM     (No. 9502316)

I take a backseat to no one when it comes to the low esteem in which I hold Obama and his incompetent administration. That being said, why is it the job of the USA to ´punish´ Assad and his regime? How does that benefit us as citizens? I am not interested in the high stakes mental chess that denizens of DC think they play with the world. I want it explained to me why I shouldn´t shrug and say, not my problem.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: twocentsworth, 9/2/2013 12:11:22 PM     (No. 9502320)

Amen #1

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 9/2/2013 12:27:33 PM     (No. 9502342)

Kudos and a hat tip to #1.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 9/2/2013 12:38:32 PM     (No. 9502363)

There are some people on the Right who argue that Obama should have intervened quickly and decisively in Syria, and without going first to Congress. Who are these people? Are they the "neo-conservatives" we keep hearing about? I understand "social" and "libertarian" conservatism, but this strain is a bit of a mystery to me. They seem to blend humanitarian impulses with a kind of habitual belief in national greatness and a strong executive -- habitual in the sense of being left over from the Cold War.

To tell you the truth, I think I picked up on this in Romney, and it was the one thing that troubled me about him.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: mark34, 9/2/2013 12:40:58 PM     (No. 9502369)

Wow! The Boston Herald is livid. Obama is taking too long to start bombing Syria, to kill more Syrians as punishment to Assad for using chemical weapons.

The editorial states: "Obama has said repeatedly he believes he has the power to act in the wake of this violation of international law — and he does." Where is it stated that he has that power?

And where does the U.S. derive the authority to enforce "international law" and punish leaders of other countries for misbehaving?

The Egyptian military recently killed hundreds of their people; that´s got to be a violation of some "international law" (I don´t know which one); do you want Obama to punish the Egyptian military also, in addition to the punishment he should mete out to Assad? Or are you selective in your moral indignation?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney, 9/2/2013 2:41:27 PM     (No. 9502509)

I don´t call taking time to make sound judgments dithering. I don´t see any rush to a military strike where the leaders have said nothing will be accomplished. I also don´t call making constitutionally required requests for congressional approval dithering. Does the Boston Herald suffer from pants on fire?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 9/2/2013 7:09:36 PM     (No. 9502713)

There are two problems with ordering a hit on Syria. One, it probably wouldn´t change much. Obama says it will send ´strong signal´ to Assad. Yeah, right

Two, if it actually helped the rebels we will be helping a bunch who will be no better and very probably worse than what´s there now.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 9/2/2013 7:12:05 PM     (No. 9502717)

And yet another photo of Biden in the background, looking over Øbama´s shoulder. Hmmmm.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LadyVet, 9/2/2013 9:03:20 PM     (No. 9502809)

In support of #6 and #7:

Don´t fight a battle if you don´t gain anything by winning. - Field Marshall Erwin Rommel



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