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Barack Obama's Staggering Incompetence

Posted by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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Barack Obama's Staggering Incompetence

@Peter_Wehner 09.02.2013 - 11:00 AM
 

It's reported that President Obama was ready to order a military strike against Syria, with or without Congress's blessing, but "on Friday night, he suddenly changed his mind." According to the Huffington Post:

Senior administration officials describing Obama's about-face Saturday offered a portrait of a president who began to wrestle with his own decision - at first internally, then confiding his views to his chief of staff, and finally summoning his aides for an evening session in the Oval Office to say he'd had a change of heart.

In light of all this, it's worth posing a few questions:

1. Why didn't the president seek congressional authority before the administration began to beat the war drums this past week? Did the idea not occur to him? It's not as if this is an obscure issue. When you're in the White House and preparing to launch military force against a sovereign nation, whether or not to seek the approval of Congress is usually somewhere near the top of the to-do list.

And why has the urgency to act that we saw from the administration during the last week-when Assad's use of chemical weapons was referred to by the secretary of state as a "moral obscenity"-given way to an air of casualness, with Obama not even calling Congress back into session to debate his military strike against Syria?

2. The president didn't seek congressional approval for his military strike in Libya. Why does he believe he needs it in Syria?

3. Mr. Obama, in his Rose Garden statement on Saturday, still insisted he has the authority to strike Syria without congressional approval. So what happens if Congress votes down a use-of-force resolution? Does the president strike Syria anyway? If so, will it be an evanescent bombing, intended to be limited in scope and duration, while doing nothing to change the war's balance of power? Or does the president completely back down? Does he even know? Has he thought through in advance anything related to Syria? Or is this a case of Obama simply making it up as he goes along?

 This latest volte-face by the president is evidence of a man who is completely overmatched by events, weak and confused, and deeply ambivalent about using force. Yet he's also desperate to get out of the corner he painted himself into by declaring that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would constitute a "red line." As a result he's gone all Hamlet on us. Not surprisingly, Obama's actions are being mocked by America's enemies and sowing doubt among our allies. (Read this New York Times story for more.)

What explains this debacle? It's impossible for us to know all the reasons, but one explanation appears to be a CYA operation.

According to Politico, "At the very least, Obama clearly wants lawmakers to co-own a decision that he can't back away from after having declared last year that Assad would cross a ‘red line' if he used chemical weapons against his own people." And the Washington Post reports:

Obama's proposal to invite Congress dominated the Friday discussion in the Oval Office. He had consulted almost no one about his idea. In the end, the president made clear he wanted Congress to share in the responsibility for what happens in Syria. As one aide put it, "We don't want them to have their cake and eat it, too."

Get it? The president of the United States is preparing in advance to shift the blame if his strike on Syria proves to be unpopular and ineffective. He's furious about the box he's placed himself in, he hates the ridicule he's (rightly) incurring, but he doesn't see any way out.

What he does see is a political (and geopolitical) disaster in the making. And so what is emerging is what comes most naturally to Mr. Obama: Blame shifting and blame sharing. Remember: the president doesn't believe he needs congressional authorization to act. He's ignored it before. He wants it now. For reasons of political survival. To put it another way: He wants the fingerprints of others on the failure in Syria.

Rarely has an American president joined so much cynicism with so much ineptitude.

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/09/02/barack-obamas-staggering-incompetence/

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pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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Couldn't have said it better......"Rarely has an American president joined so much cynicism with so much ineptitude."

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

16 years in row-

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Since congress has voted against everything else thats been proposed maybe he was thinking they would vote no to this.....

Do we keep up the persona we are the big brother of the world. Or do we look like pitiful, run down, bankrupt wusses past wars has made us.

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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 Oh, only the past wars have bankrupt us.....Seriously........oh, never mind, it is useless.


Quoting -Celestial-:

Since congress has voted against everything else thats been proposed maybe he was thinking they would vote no to this.....

Do we keep up the persona we are the big brother of the world. Or do we look like pitiful, run down, bankrupt wusses past wars has made us.


 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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OP could you address the competence of Bush? Did you on CM? I see zero difference between the 2-

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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 I am sorry.  We are not discussing Bush.  We are discussing Obama.  Please stay on point.


Quoting Sisteract:

OP could you address the competence of Bush? Did you on CM? I see zero difference between the 2-


 

lga1965
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM

 LOL. Okie dokie.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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So you're selective, OK.

Debate over-

Quoting pvtjokerus:

 I am sorry.  We are not discussing Bush.  We are discussing Obama.  Please stay on point.


Quoting Sisteract:

OP could you address the competence of Bush? Did you on CM? I see zero difference between the 2-




susannah2000
by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 1:15 AM
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I think all those who think it's so damn easy to be President and have to deal with the whole world, as well as everything going on here, needs to just run for President themselves, since clearly they could do SO much better. It's freaking easy to criticize and crucify from one's easy chair.

Liz_Rocket
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 1:42 AM
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Pvtjokerus, these women suffer battered wife syndrome when it comes to Obama. They love him even though his policies hurt them. They know he's broken hundreds of promises, but they firmly believe him when he says he really will bring change this time. They're quick to offer excuses and reasons why things aren't really his fault, its not him, it's Congress, it's the Republicans, it's the Senate, it's the budget, it's the press. They turn a blind eye because it would kill them to admit everybody was right about this man they love. They're fiercely loyal and become aggressive and abusive when others point out his faults. They think he really does care about them, and when he does things like sequestering their military before provoking a war..... well....that just how he shows his love.

It's very sad, really.
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