Peace In Our Time: Obama Caves to Putin, Assad, Iran
On Monday, the Obama administration, overcome by its own frantic confusion over a situation of its own making in Syria, fainted into the arms of Russian President Vladimir Putin – and, in the process, appeased the Syrian regime after Bashar al-Assad gassed some 1,429 people in Damascus last month.
In a London news conference on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that Assad could avoid war by “turn[ing] over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow a full and total accounting.” The Russian regime immediately responded to Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark – his second gaffe of the day, after he suggested an “unbelievably small” action against Syria as a deterrent — by suggesting that Syria turn over his chemical weapons to international control. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said, “We are calling on the Syrian authorities [to] not only agree on putting chemical weapons storages under international control but also for its further destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons…We have passed our offer to [Syrian Foreign Minister] Walid al-Moualem and hope to receive a fast and positive answer.” Moualem immediately responded that Syria “welcomes Russia’s initiative, based on the Syrian government’s care about the lives of our people and security of our country.”
President Obama desperately grasped the olive branch, stating, “You have to take it with a grain of salt, initially,” then adding, “We’re going to run this to ground. We’re going to make sure that we see how serious these proposals are.” The administration immediately claimed credit for this supposed diplomatic breakthrough, claiming that its threats had obviously been credible.
Thus, the Russians and Syrians have bartered a way out of Assad’s current predicament. Assad remains in power. His regime remains intact. He called the American bluff and won, and will be emboldened, as will his handlers in Tehran. The al-Qaeda opposition remains intact, too, perhaps slightly emboldened by Obama’s bluster. Putin seizes global leadership on foreign policy. Meanwhile, Obama claims victory, and his media lackeys genuflect before his brilliance.
In fairy tales the good guys always win, the bad guys always lose, and everybody except the bad guys live happily ever after. But this is the real world.
If this Putin-brokered deal holds up then we will have avoided war. That is a good thing. Yeah, Assad will still be in power and there will still be civil war in Syria, but supposedly we weren’t aiming for regime change anyway.
Vladmir Putin comes out of this looking like statesman and peace-maker, and Barack Obama barely avoids a humiliating defeat in Congress. But there were no better options and the republic will survive. This was a “no-win” situation and for us to get out of it without losing is the best case scenario.
I’ll be honest and admit that I would have liked to see Barack Obama humbled and embarrassed. But we avoided a war, and I’ll take that over schadenfreude every day of the week. His sycophants can say whatever they want.
Obama got a face-saving exit opportunity so he can declare victory and go home. Now it remains to be seen if we can disengage from the crisis without further injury to anyone. This is still a delicate situation and all it might take is someone shooting off their mouth to cause some real shooting to take place.
There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit. – Ronald Reagan
Part of me reluctantly admires David Axelrod. I’ve known some people who could really lay down bullshit but he’s got a Ph.D (piled higher and deeper) in Blarney.
Somehow this is all very depressing…theater of the absurd….nothing but puffing and posturing.
Obama started this whole Bomb Syria thing mainly as a wag the Dog, imo.
In doing so he put the country, as you said, in a bad no-win situation.
Putin took the opening and used it to strengthen his own position in the Middle East and to secure the pipeline.
Basically Obama wasted more of our country’s hard-bought position in the world for a couple of weeks of political distraction.
This man is the most costly mistake America has ever made.
Do you ever wonder if Obama is really, really incompetent, or is he doing this all on purpose to embarrass and weaken the U.S. on the world stage?
In other Obama news, Michelle and Eva Longoria are travelling together to a Wisconsin high school this week to encourage the kids to drink more water. True story.
Chuck Todd thinks what his bosses tell him to think.
Except it was ten times more entertaining when Pee Wee did it!
I don’t think Obama and Kerry got out of this without humiliation. It looks like Hillary brokered a deal with Putin. Somehow I wish Putin was our President. Sure he was a tyrant in a previous life but he has grown and actually learned from living.
I would never want Putin to be our President – he’s one scary dude, imo.
But he’ll definitely go down in history as one of Russia’s historic leaders. And with Obama & Europe’s weakness, history might decide to call this period The Putin Era. We’ll see, I guess.
Putin is both a ruthless dictator and a Russian patriot. He wants to restore his country’s standing as a superpower. He is also a very smart politician.
The Russian people have little experience with democracy but they understand poverty and war. They will support a dictator like Putin if he brings them peace and prosperity.
Yup! Overall I think he will probably succeed in restoring a lot of Russia’s power.
But if you’re a Russian individual who happens to be inconvenient to Putin, well, too bad, so sad, welcome to the gulag.
As I said a few days ago, Putin is the most-dangerous man on the planet.
But we still have to deal with him.
Putin is a patriot and that really appeals to me. He makes plans, he carries them out, he notices chances for political advancement, he is predictable. Bronco is a pansy assed, intellectual elitist and he seems to be trying to take down America. Or maybe he is just profoundly but innocently incompetent. Bronco is more dangerous than Putin because he is irrational, and unpredictable.
Yes, Putin is a dangerous man. We have our own danger in bronco. But for different reasons. He has pant creases that extend all the way into his thought processes.
I wish Willie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) would run for president. Did you see he just put out a line of prom dresses that are cute and Dad approved with his daughter, they were at NY fashion week.
Klown, you have Putin nailed. He is, in his way, very good for Russia. He is a patriot to his core. He loves his country passionately, and wishes to see Russia a major world power again. He’s told immigrants in no uncertain terms that Russian culture, society, language, and history is sacrosanct – and that THEY can adapt and embrace/support it or leave. He could give a shit what is said about him.
But it’s his single-minded focus on the greatness of Russia that also makes him dangerous. Don’t get in his way. He is utterly and coldly ruthless in pursuit of his goals. And he’s a long-term strategist.
I find prayer so unrewarding (being a person who lacks faith I only pray when absolutely desperate) but it does work sometimes.
McCain is skeptical:
So am I, but we’re stuck with the deal anyway.
Putin’s wikipedia on his education:”Putin graduated from the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University in 1975, writing his final thesis on international law. His PhD thesis was titled “The Strategic Planning of Regional Resources Under the Formation of Market Relations” and it argued that Russian economic success would depend on creating national energy champions.”
Obama, Sec of State “Marry the money instead of earning any” Kerry, and the rest of the Harvard faculty lounge is up against a KGB trained economist who has probably been plotting out the Russian energy sector for 35 years. Could thee US have elected a more inappropriate nitwit TWICE to go up against a guy like this. And now the Al Qaeda affiliated cannibal rebels financed by Saudi Arabia are mad at Putin AND Obama for selling them down the river. Thank you Nancy Pelosi for rigging the 2008 primary to make sure we had the dumbest possible administration./s/
So Obama is now working on taking complete credit for averting a major conflict with Syria! While I don’t watch his speeches, my guess would be that tonight he will go to great lengths to unleash unmitigated praises upon himself and his lapdog media will lap effusively along with him!
Diane Sawyer credits Obama’s “tough stand”.
Our local media also talked about this deal without EVER mentioning Putin. They’re gonna spin this for Obama.
I totally understand who Republicans get pissed off at the liberal media. And I’m a liberal (but I’m not a Vile Prog).
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this was all preplanned by the Obama Group? I think it was just an accidental blurt by Kerry thinking up the most impossible thing which was then seized on by a fast-reacting Russian leadership.
We should all remain focused into trying to get our Rep/Sens to vote “no”. If Obama gets a “yes” vote, the Obama Group will do everything possible to sabotage the plan and declare “we tried, it didn’t work” and then start the war with Syria they have been planning for quite some time.
even Lurch now says it was all planned