Hey, Hip. You gotta admit, the comments about how this goat-rope is shaking out have been anything but partisan. In fact, I've never seen any action by this president draw a more non-partisan reaction. Joe Klein, a Hillary supporter who has argued that the likes of Glenn Beck, Republican Senator Tom Coburn and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin should be tried for sedition (hardly a Faux news partisan, eh) wrote this:Do we really think that anyone, much less Putin, would have "engineered" this >possible< deal, if the US threat hadn't pushed them to it? This regime has used gas >at least< 14 times, and the world yawned nervously. Where was Putin's "deal" prior to the threat of US intervention?
After being forced to concede that >all< of the pre-invasion justifications were shown to be false, this very forum will show instance after instance of Bush defenders falling back on Iraq's use of gas on their own citizens. Yet the very same thing just ten years later would have rated barely a tsk-tsk on the daily radar feed were it not for the President's lead in calling all the nations to live up to their vow to condemn and punish it's use.
We've seen snide partisan-driven comments about checkers vs chess. How's about the above for a chess move? How about a final move that maneuvered Syria's strongest ally into acting, or we should say, reacting? But! Even better, now Putin has put >Russian< credibility and prestige on the line to see that Syria follows through. Now, Russia, not the US, >owns< the result. If that means just one rogue nation is stripped of WMDs, what true citizen of humanity cares who gets the "credit"?
Obama Has Damaged His Presidency And Weakened The Nations Standing In The World.He willingly jumped into a bear trap of his own creation. In the process, he has damaged his presidency and weakened the nations standing in the world.It has been one of the more stunning and inexplicable displays of presidential incompetence that Ive ever witnessed. The failure cuts straight to the heart of a perpetual criticism of the Obama White House: that the President thinks he can do foreign policy all by his lonesome. This has been the most closely held American foreign-policy-making process since Nixon and Kissinger, only theres no Kissinger.(Joe Klein,Obama And Styria: Stumbling Toward Damascus, Time, 9/11/13)
I personally disagree with his assessment that "the presidency" and the nation's standing have been damaged. I think the only damage done has been to obama himself. I think the overwhelming opposition by the American people, which aligns with that of the world community, attests to that.