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PRESIDENT OBAMA BLINKS

Who-just-blinked

The president who has treated Congress as if it were an advisory board rather than a co-equal branch of government suddenly wants congressional authorization, which he does not require, for a military strike on Syria.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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16 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Obama can’t do anything correct. He is on both sides of attacking Syria. The word “attacking” is incorrect. He only wants to make a statement showing what happens when you cross his “red-line”. He doesn’t want regime change, doesn’t want to attack chemical weapons storage facilities, etc. It is an act but he is a bad actor.

    By Michael Talley

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    In a stunning turn, President Obama learned Saturday that there is something called “Congress.” Although he’s not exactly sure what this “Congress” outfit actually does, he thinks it might help him out of the corner he seems to have painted himself into. The British Parliament helped him into the corner when it voted to deny authority for military intervention, saying to the Syrian people, in essence, “We’re just not that into you.”

    By Curtice Mang

  3. Good story Mr. Ross. THE POLICY ABOUT CHEMICAL WEAPONS SHOULD BE: If you use them, you lose them. Congress should approve military action based this is purpose around which an international coalition can be built against the Syrian stockpile. Let’s make that the goal and lay down an ultimatum to Assad that he enter into a de-escalation process or we degrade his ability to maintain his stockpile by destroying his transportation system, degrading his resupply logistics and conducting black operations to neutralize deposits of these chemical agents by chemical means rather than by kinetic action.

    President Putin has opened the door for negotiation by suggesting the issue as a topic at the G-20. I hope President Obama has the grace to step back if Putin gives him a chance to save face as Kennedy did with Khrushchev. I sincerely hope that there is a back channel negotiation with Putin’s people to work out a mutually face saving agreement to jointly negotiate with and pressure Syria to de-escalate its chemical weapons arsenal. Whoever keeps or attains power may have control of these WMDs The Russians are just as fearful of these weapons as are we and they are much closer at hand. In exchange the Russians must be assured that their naval base in Syria will be accepted. The contest over that issue lies in a much larger geopolitical context.

    This president may have committed one of the largest strategic blunders in Presidential history by causally mentioning a “Red Line” policy now causing a major confrontation in the most explosive part of the world. Had he been serious he would have negotiated a common understanding with the Brits, French and Germany before uttering the red line phrase. Even so, once uttered did the President set up a planning process including the Brits, Germans and French about what to do jointly if the red line was crossed? No. Instead we get ad hoc, stitched together at the last minute decisions with far reaching implications to which even the Brits, our most trustworthy ally through WWI, WWII and the cold war have said “no thanks”. We are way out on a limb on this one.

    Many in our political class and media view President Vladimir Putin as some kind of street savvy thug because of his KGB background. This is a very serious miscalculation. In my experience in discourse with KGB operatives in Latin America, Europe and the US is that they were highly intelligent, very well educated in history, philosophy and political doctrine, always with a world view of what they call the “Correlation of Forces” between the Main Adversary (USA) and the Soviet Union(Now Russian Federation) plus its satellite states). They were also trained and prepared to get ugly if the circumstances warranted. This is the way Putin views the world and he has enough economic and military power to be taken very seriously. Let hope that President’s Obama and Putin have the grace to work this out without a shot being fired.

    Manuel Aragon

  4. arma2012 says:

    THE POLICY ABOUT CHEMICAL WEAPONS SHOULD BE: If you use them, you lose them. Congress should approve military action based this is purpose around which an international coalition can be built against the Syrian stockpile. Let’s make that the goal and lay down an ultimatum to Assad that he enter into a de-escalation process or we degrade his ability to maintain his stockpile by destroying his transportation system, degrading his resupply logistics and conducting black operations to neutralize deposits of these chemical agents by chemical means rather than by kinetic action.
    President Putin has opened the door for negotiation by suggesting the issue as a topic at the G-20. I hope President Obama has the grace to step back if Putin gives him a chance to save face as Kennedy did with Khrushchev. I sincerely hope that there is a back channel negotiation with Putin’s people to work out a mutually face saving agreement to jointly negotiate with and pressure Syria to de-escalate its chemical weapons arsenal. Whoever keeps or attains power may have control of these WMDs The Russians are just as fearful of these weapons as are we and they are much closer at hand. In exchange the Russians must be assured that their naval base in Syria will be accepted. The contest over that issue lies in a much larger geopolitical context.
    This president may have committed one of the largest strategic blunders in Presidential history by causally mentioning a “Red Line” policy now causing a major confrontation in the most explosive part of the world. Had he been serious he would have negotiated a common understanding with the Brits, French and Germany before uttering the red line phrase. Even so, once uttered did the President set up a planning process including the Brits, Germans and French about what to do jointly if the red line was crossed? No. Instead we get ad hoc, stitched together at the last minute decisions with far reaching implications to which even the Brits, our most trustworthy ally through WWI, WWII and the cold war have said “no thanks”. We are way out on a limb on this one.
    Many in our political class and media view President Vladimir Putin as some kind of street savvy thug because of his KGB background. This is a very serious miscalculation. In my experience in discourse with KGB operatives in Latin America, Europe and the US is that they were highly intelligent, very well educated in history, philosophy and political doctrine, always with a world view of what they call the “Correlation of Forces” between the Main Adversary (USA) and the Soviet Union(Now Russian Federation) plus its satellite states). They were also trained and prepared to get ugly if the circumstances warranted. This is the way Putin views the world and he has enough economic and military power to be taken very seriously. Let hope that President’s Obama and Putin have the grace to work this out without a shot being fired.

  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Now that the truth has come out, I think we should back out of Syria’s business altogether. The REBELS were the ones who accidentally dispersed the chemical WMDs – WHICH they got from Saudia Arabia. The Syrian government has chemical WMDs too. So – with this knowledge, if we strike the Syrian government, we do so at the world’s peril. We DON’T know where all the chemical and possible WMDs are anymore. If we strike in the wrong place, we risk setting rhem off accidentally. Plus, as a HAZMAT Technician, in order to neutralize chemical WMDs, there has to be a burning point of 2,800* F. It will still leave trace chemicals behind. They never signed the Geneva Accords. They don’t play by our Rules. We risk everything with Russia if we get involved In Syria. It’s too much and in the end, terrorists will win. How? By bankrupting the United States.

    By Megan Pioch

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    It is sad that we exspect Congress to do anything. All they know how to do is take vacation and collect money for their War Chest. This Congress is the worst that I have seen in my 87 years.

    By Paul Adams

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Don’t fall for the Iranian propaganda, Megan.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/08/31/shia-advocacy-journalism-behind-story-claiming-saudis-gave-rebels-chemical-weapons/

    I spoke with the General late last week. This is the avenue we in the West should take vis a vis Syria.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/30/retired-u-s-general-who-visited-syria-on-day-of-sarin-attack-obama-needs-to-back-the-fsa-fighters-in-syria/

    The real focus should be on Tehran, as Syria is their client state, and the Quds Force, who report directly to Khamenei, have taken over Command

    By Peter H. Carkhuff

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Syria would be a great place to drop some of those nukes he is so keen on getting rid of.

    By Carl Block

  9. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Strike Syria and Iran now! Before it is too late…..strike, strike, strike now!

    By john harris

  10. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Well presented. From a politicians standpoint this is a wise move. From an authority standpoint the Presidents seeking of Congressional approval begs many questions. I am interested to see how this plays out. Thank you for sharing!

    By Christian J. Ramthun

  11. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Unfortunately this was a test of leadership which the President failed miserably. It’s easy to talk the talk while on the campaign trail or as a “big mouth” on the playground hiding behind your “muscle”(in this case the US Military), but as my time in the Army taught me, real leaders have to eventually make tough decisions on their own outside of the popular vote, he failed.

    By Randy Nance

  12. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    The Army’s top general was walking down the beach one day when he spied a bottle lying in the sand. He picked it up and VOILA! out popped a genie. The genie told the general that he had TWO wishes, because President Oblamer had already used one. The general said, “OK, build a wall around the Middle East 100′ thick and 200′ high”. The genie replied “Done. What’s your last wish?” The general replied,”Now fill it with water.”

    By Rob Taylor

  13. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    “Iran Wins, US President Loses” Should be the headline concerning US inaction in Syria for years now. The president was a very late “me too” trailing european leaders on Libya. Early intervention there could have made the simple situation on the ground remain that way. Years into Syria’s turmoil, Obama is finding that the Middle East is a complex mix of sectarian, idealogical and regional issues and picking out the good guys is tough. A stable Iraq, Afghanistan and a neutral Syria would have spelled the end of Iran’s ability to fund, control and supply Hezbollah, Hamas and other radical elements preventing an end to the Arab/Israeli stalemate and stable and fair government in the region. Even Bill Clinton had the guts to step in in former Yugoslavia (this after our peace dividend drawdown of the Army for example of more than a quarter million personnel) to prevent genocide. The Sunni faithful of Homs were encircled and bombarded into submission by Hafez Al Assad. Same is happening now by his son and other places. Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan are feeling the spillover. As in Egypt the local christian minorites are getting pounded during the chaos. Unfortunately, I find myself advocating inaction as the president has waited too long and is “threatening” too little with his leaked comments of “limited and narrowly scoped” objectives. The Assad regime and his Alawite sect have their backs against the wall and are not going to give up their grip on the reigns of government just because we “tomahawk” some now lightly manned air bases or target his SAM and radar sites. Obama has failed to reach a treaty with Iraq (Status of Forces and basing) and looks to be faring as poorly in Afghanistan. Kerry is the active Secrectary of State that is too little too late. Hillary visited a lot of countries, but what do we have to show for her frequent flyer miles on Air Force Airlines?

    By Mark Roberts

  14. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    @Ed spot on thx

    By Jeff Machtig

  15. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Well let’s “blink” on that a bit….

    By Pamela Sarikianos

  16. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    If we exspect Congress to protect us, we better be building Bomb Shelters!

    By Paul Adams

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