13.9.13

EPIC INCOMPETENCE.

Thus does Charles Krauthammer evaluate Our President's "Strike Syria, Maybe" speech.  If you'd like a more measured assessment of Mr Obama's dilemma.
President Obama believes in universal justice; while Americans must limit their use of power overseas, when we do use that power, we should use it for good things.

What this leads to may be quite admirable, abstractly considered, from a moral and humane point of view, but leaders have a hard time translating this approach into policies that can win broad support. You claim there are universal values that guide your actions, but there are strict limits to how far you will act in defense of them.
It's a long essay, perhaps it will calm you down. Let me raise your blood pressure, though, by quoting critics right and left.  It's no surprise that Victor Davis Hanson would point out, once again, the failure of symbolism when substance matters.
After five years of this, the world caught on, and sees juvenile and narcissistic petulance in lieu of statesmanship—and unfortunately a sinister Putin takes great delight in reminding 7 billion people of this fact almost daily. In terms of geostrategic clout, Obama has nullified the power of his eleven aircraft-carrier battle groups, Putin through his shrewd insight and ruthless calculation of human nature, has added five where they didn’t exist.
Helena Cobban breaks bad on several key members of Our President's foreign policy team:
The deal is definitely not good for Susan Rice, Samantha Power, or John Kerry. The attempts these three have made to (a) hype the threat in Syria, (b) express certainty where none was warranted, and (c) sell the war to Congress and the American people– let alone that 95% of humankind who are not U.S. citizens!– have been mendacious, ill-informed, and unsuccessful. They have led the president into looking pretty stupid. Should they keep their jobs? I don’t know.
Better to point that out to Common Dreams readers now, than to continue to sit on information that isn't exactly a state secret.

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