Taking Credit For Political Defeat And International Embarrassment, Obama Set To Give A Speech Like No Other

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“It will be a White House address in which a president argues for an endeavor he is abandoning. It will be a president appealing for public support for an action he intends not to take.

“We’ve never had a presidential speech like that!”

So goes the pith of Peggy Noonan’s anticipatory online article for The Wall Street Journal, published only hours before President Barack Obama is to deliver a Syria address to an incredulous American public and scoffing international audience.

Noonan ripped Obama’s ridiculous, unswerving trudge toward this moment – a moment when he’s expected to absurdly take ownership and credit for distancing himself from a hawkish plan that was always his idea, and his alone. To bomb Syria, beset by a civil conflict that presents the U.S. and its hapless, dwindling allies no clear enemy, no clear good guy, no clear pretense for attacking and no clear exit strategy.

Here’s Noonan on Obama’s humiliating foray into – and quick retreat from – statecraft, Middle-East style:

The president will keep the possibility of force on the table, but really he’s lunging for a lifeline he was lucky to be thrown.

Why is he backing off? Because he knows he doesn’t have the American people and isn’t going to get them. The polls, embarrassingly, show the more people hear the less they support it. The president’s problem with his own base was probably startling to him, and sobering. He knows he was going to lose Congress, not only the House but very possibly—likely, I’d say—the Senate. The momentum was all against him. And he never solved—it was not solvable—his own Goldilocks problem: A strike too small is an embarrassment, a strike too big could topple the Assad regime and leave Obama responsible for a complete and cutthroat civil war involving terrorists, foreign operatives, nihilists, jihadists, underemployed young men, and some really nice, smart people. Obama didn’t want to own that, or the fires that could engulf the region once Syria went up.

His plan was never good. The choices were never good. In any case he was going to lose either in terms of domestic prestige, the foreign result or both. Likely both.

… A serious foreign-policy intellectual said recently that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s problem is that he’s a Russian leader in search of a Nixon, a U.S. president he can really negotiate with, a stone player who can talk grand strategy and the needs of his nation, someone with whom he can thrash it through and work it out. Instead he has Obama, a self-besotted charismatic who can’t tell the difference between showbiz and strategy, and who enjoys unburdening himself of moral insights to his peers.

This isn’t posted on some alternative conservative-media blog with only a few thousand – or a few hundred thousand – readers. It’s in The Wall Street Journal. Obama, who already didn’t have an exit strategy for an actual military conflict, now doesn’t have a graceful exit strategy from his own short-sighted, solipsistic ideas.

“An important thing,” concludes Noonan:

The president will be tempted, in his embarrassment, to show a certain dry and contemplative distance from Putin. The Obama White House should go lightly here: Putin could always, in his pique, decide to make things worse, not better. It would be good for Obama to show graciousness and appreciation. Yes, this will leave Putin looking and feeling good. But that’s not the worst thing that ever happened. And Putin has played this pretty well.

Humility from Barack Obama? That would indeed be a “change.”

But don’t hold your breath.

 

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  • JimH

    “A speech like no other”.
    If he told the truth and proposed something I agree with, it would be a speech like no other.
    It will be more of the same deception, lies and insulting our intelligence.

  • lokiswife

    Wonderful! Putin did what Obama couldn’t and hopefully things will get under control in Syria so we can get back to Benghazi, IRS, NSA, the budget, defunding Obamacare, etc.. Do you get the feeling that Obama is losing it, any grasp on reality he ever had is slipping away? Maybe it won’t be long until he is escorted out in a white jacket that ties in the back? I hope, I hope, I hope…

  • lokiswife

    Wonderful! Putin did what Obama couldn’t and hopefully things will get under control in Syria so we can get back to Benghazi, IRS, NSA, the budget, defunding Obamacare, etc.. Do you get the feeling that Obama is losing it, any grasp on reality he ever had is slipping away? Maybe it won’t be long until he is escorted out in a white jacket that ties in the back? I hope, I hope, I hope…

    • Ron r

      So you’re rootin for Putin.????

      • Bill

        Ron r
        In a heart beat over Obama any day of the week. Putin experienced communism and knows it does not work. Obama taking us over the cliff no matter what history has taught us

        • Ron r

          So Putin is now a rabid capitalist and all around statesman. I wonder what the families of all the people he’s had murdered, and imprisioned think. But if you love Commies you got to love Putin because I’m sure he proposed what he did because of a soft spot for humanity and not the fact Syria was about to be bombed and there was nothing he could do about it , but save face this way? But you got to love the communist bastard, don’t you?

          • Bill

            Ron r,
            It is no different from you supporting our current communist president and his buffoons

          • Ron r

            Yes Bill there is a very big difference. Even if Obama were a communist and he is not. The fact is you and other reich wingers support a real communist president over a sitting U.S. President. But according to most of the 2% ers over 50% of the voters of 2012were communist. But from my military training taught me that Russians like Putin were the enemy.

          • native blood

            Your military training is outdated and certainly misguided.
            Perhaps you need a refresher on liberty and tyranny.

            Your so-called enemy is extending the peace pipe and your butt-buddy is beating on the war tom-tom.

          • Ron r

            And whoever your butt buddy is I hope they give you a refresher on your stupidity !!

          • native blood

            She’s doing just fine for me:-)

          • Ron r

            I detect some skepticism.

          • native blood

            Heh-heh yeah. sorry dude! Just couldn’t resist it.
            Truce?

          • Ron r

            Truce.

          • Charlie

            Ron r ,,, talk about a LMAO event ,,, IF? Putin told Obama to take a back seat in the bus,,, and that he was now the World Bus Driver , and any backtalk would have to be backed
            up by U S and World “”Popularity Politics”” OR? he , Putin , would turn Obama’s half black hide , all black , by blowing him through the outer space black hole… We think Putin has the bee bee’s to do something of that nature

          • Ron r

            The best you can do. LMAO @ you. Pop!! Dud!!

          • JMICHAEL270

            Ron, you are living proof you can’t reason with a liberal!

          • Ron r

            But you can with Putin?

          • Charlie

            Putin , will make a friendly deal with Syria and Cyprus for control of their Gas / oilfields and send troops in as needed to protect his oilfield Technicians and bring the gas field into production much sooner… Would you believe Putin might even read The Bible,,, but,,, so did AH and I have never heard a real born in Germany person bad mouth AH… Meanwhile, be careful , and Praise King Jesus for Salvation and Healing…

    • JMICHAEL270

      He may be reuniting with the Choom Gang, and going Up In Smoke! LOL

    • Deerinwater

      Neater leader could have done this alone. ~ Can one play Tennis by themselves? ~ I read Putin’s proposal a few days ago. I was impressed and hopeful that it would bear fruit. ~ From all the gibberish on this Thread, ~ I’m left to assume that it has.

    • perry

      Don’t hope too long hey I don’t care for Obama! however he will not go out in a white jacket he is making too many deals that he will collect on after he leaves office that is what these guys do screw the american people.

    • Robert Messmer

      And his replacement is the VP who is not any better.

    • Ron r

      Seems the right is slipping into darkness over the ACA, which in about 20 or so days will be implemented .

  • Elvis Presley

    What is this all about doesn’t anyone realize there is a balance of power in the constitution: Article 2 Section 2 the president can only become commander in Chief when called into action by the congress Article 1 Section 8, that is so that no white-house guy can day-dream he is in charge of the military or can start a conflict without the consent of the people who are in authority over him that is the people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE THE PEOPLE!

    • Robert Messmer

      Elvis you are either off your meds, do not have any comprehension of what it is you read, or both.

    • Charlie

      Elvis ,,, send the words to your song “from a Jack to a King”… Thanks …

    • Charlie

      Elvis ,,, send the words to your song “from a Jack to a King”… Thanks …

    • Ron r

      Except Reagan , who sent troops to Grenada and them ask congress for approval.

  • Sam

    Well, I wont’ be listening to this lying pos. He is a Muslim and a Marxist, something that is totally opposite of what America was founded on. He gets zero support from me.

    • Ron r

      Is there a law that says a Muslim American cannot be president ?? And since when has he become a Muslim?????

      • rhcrest

        Islam is antithetical to our Constitution and everything it represents. Get real. Get a copy of the Qu’ran. Read about sharia. Islam is a totalitarian ideology that has military, economic, legal and political components with a little religion mixed in. It seeks to overthrow the laws of every Western country and replace them with sharia. Totalitarian ideologies are as far apart from Constitutional Republics as you can get. So in the name of tolerance, your argument is that it would be ok for the US to have a POTUS that believes in an ideology that is completely intolerant of anyone that does not adhere to it? According to Islam, you either convert to Islam, be killed or if they are feeling generous that day, they will let you live as a second class citizen aka dhimmitude.Honestly, go get a book and educate yourself about Islam. You coexist people are nothing but a bunch of nuts who are putting the rest of us in mortal danger.

        • Ron r

          So there is no law against a person of Muslim faith being president , and the constitution does not address Islam . Those are facts, you have an opinion . Maybe you need to read the constitution again. Your opinion is exactly the policy Christian presidents and Christians in general took in regards to the American Indian .

          • Charlie

            Ron r ,,, read The Mayflower Compact and tell us what God is called out… Then read some early history of William Bradford ,,, he “Ruled” America with The Bible for the first 31 years of early America… The Law of America is still The Bible … The Constitution DID NOT replace The Holy Bible ,,, The Constitution is a Man made document “”Commercial Document”” to serve The People and The states…
            The Holy Bible cannot be destroyed ,,, but ,,, some Churches DO NOT teach / preach The Whole Bible in “Harmony” with it’s self ,,, but ,,, that is pointed out by many Modern day Prophets… America is The Earthly Kingdom of King Jesus Christ because He told His People to Pray IT into place by His Prayer at Matthew 6:9–13….
            King Jesus Christ can even use The Russians to do His Will … All knees will bend to King Jesus Christ… SO??? IF? you want to see His Law and Will it right there in His Book of Law… AND YOU WILL OBEY or suffer…. Meanwhile … Praise King Jesus for Salvation and Healing… Acts 2:38 is salvation…

          • Ron r

            Like I said no law and nothing in the constitution that prohibits an American Muslim from being president.

          • Charlie

            Ron r ,,, well ,,, dummy darkie your understanding of The Bible or The Constitution is about zero…

          • Ron r

            Wow, and your dumb a// mother loved me do dearly. Shows you not only no little about the subject matter , you know even less about your DNA. Go to bed my love child.

          • Charlie

            Ron r ,,, what does your DNA tell you ???

          • Ron r

            Ask your mom, she’s a Christian like you think you are , is she not ??

          • rhcrest

            The Constitution does not address Islam specifically but the President’s oath when he takes office is to be loyal to the Constitution and there is no way he can be loyal to both the Constituition and to the Koran and sharia when they are diametrically opposed to one another. What i wrote previously about islam are facts and you would know this if you knew anything about Islam.

          • Ron r

            What does one have to do with the other?? Are you saying all Christians have been loyal to this nation. I took and oath when I joined the military to uphold the constitution , not the bible. So when has Obama attempted to impose sharia law?? Because if he is what you claim he is he surely would never have been sworn in using a bible. By your own argument you prove he’s not of the Muslim faith. You read about Islam and formed an opinion of it and Muslims . I know and live around Muslims and some I have known since childhood. Jim Jones read the bible and studied Christianity.

          • rhcrest

            Islam is not like Christianity. It is a political ideology. You really should get a translated copy of the Koran and also read about Sharia. Sharia is the set of laws that muslims use to enforce the Koran. By my own argument he is not muslim? SInce when has he been loyal to the Constitution? He has favored muslims all along. Yes i am quite familiar with the i know muslims argument. You also ought to read up on taqqiya.

          • Ron r

            No , Islam is not politics , and neither is the Koran. That’s your bias opinion of the Koran and Islam. Islam like Christianity has its religious pimps. This still does not explain why if there is nothing in the constitution saying Muslims can’t hold the office , why you have a problem with it? Or is the office strictly for Christians . Have you read the constitution lately??

          • rhcrest

            You lefties are always screaming about separation of church and state – well there is none in Islam. You are not replying with any facts about Islam. You are so pathetically ignorant when it comes to Islam.

          • Ron r

            And you are just a plain and simple idiot

          • Dave

            I suggest you read that Constitution and the Bible. You evidently haven’t! Compare! Military? I have to wonder how well you would of backed your brothers. Or, shoot them in the back. We would of left you to gather with your Muslim brothers. Or friendly fire. Your attitude towards this country and patriots. Puts me in doubt of your service to this country. Even if your don’t agree with peoples comments. Your actions show your inmature and lack discipline, and a know it all. A know it all in the field is dead soldier in the field. I spent plenty of years trying to explain that to guys. That thought they were going join the Marines and be Rambo. Even though the fictional character was Army. Thats how much they thought about reality.

          • Ron r

            I taught land warfare and fought for this great nation. So I have little respect (none) for your chairborne ranger key board tirades. You are a plain and very simple domestic terrorist with a computer. Good day mature dud.

      • JMICHAEL270

        Ron, My father always told me you can’t talk to an idiot or a crazy person. Which one are you?

        • Ron r

          The idiot answered a post that I did not direct to the idiot. It’s called meddling.

          • Deerinwater

            Father advise should have included identifying one.

          • Ron r

            I just did. You!!!

          • Robert Messmer

            I’m sorry – thought this was an open forum. But obviously not if one is only supposed to speak when spoken to. So DarlK spoiled your jest with Bud, for this you call him an “idiot”

      • Bud Wood

        Probably since he spent his formative years in a Muslin school in Indonesia.

        • Ron r

          You a sociologist , you know what years were his formative years. Ther are hundreds of children of military members who’s parents spend 3 or more years in foreign countries. Are they also loyal to those host countries?? Grow up!!

          • DarlK

            Ron, those military children go to school on the base. An American school

          • Ron r

            Yes , my kids went to DOD schools but there are some who go to international schools. There are companies who send their employees to work overseas and they can’t go to DOD schools. They are still Americans. So what’s your point? I know your opinion .

      • Sam

        A Muslim or an atheist are the worst choices for president we could have. They are not loyal to the Constitution or to God. These kind of people worship themselves and do not care what God or Americans think. Obama is loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood and we are paying the price. There should be a law banning Muslims and atheists from being president.

        • Ron r

          You’re funny.

          • Average_Joe56

            So are you Ron r(etarded)…
            But…. looks aren’t everything….

          • Ron r

            Oh, you poor thang. Poor funny thang !

        • Robert Messmer

          Constitution says no religious test.

      • Yankeelouie

        Generally if you elect someone to high office, it is with the intention that they represent the interests of most people and not a potential enemy.

  • Yankeelouie

    Hopefully this is the end of Operation Rodeo Clown…at least for now.

  • Bill

    Let us not forget that Obama, Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, McCain, Graham and Boehner were are ready to run off, half cocked, and start another no win war.
    The only sensible people were the Russians who found a solution so everyone saved face.

    • Ron r

      The truth is Obama talked to that idiot commie a few days ago. Putin knows he can’t give Assad the protection he needs and can not win a proxy war or any other kind with the U.S. Obama played him.

      • Yankeelouie

        In my opinion, the actual Communist just got his clock cleaned in front of the world and I find your lack of perception astounding.

        • Ron r

          Well I was about to say the same of you.

          • Average_Joe56

            Don’t quit your day job Ron [expletive deleted].
            It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry ‘I could have thought of that’ is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn’t, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.
            Douglas Adams

      • Robert Messmer

        Glad you are willing to bet your life on that because I am not. Pretty sure between Russia and China that they can protect Assad all he needs from the US.

        • Ron r

          This is not the old Soviet Union . They do not want to fight a proxy war or any other war with the U. S. as for China , they have a foot hold in Africa and do not need Assard. Russia would be denied its water ports if America used military action. It’s amazing the president is being demonized for not dropping bombs that would surely kill some innocents.

          The Middle East is a no win for the United States and has been since Reagan’s failed policies.

  • Robert Peterson

    Obama is simply a puppet and not a very good one lately.

  • Phibbs

    Obama is simply following the advice of his Jewish Mideast advisors, who, as always, are looking out for Israel’s interests.

  • Alex

    Peggy Noonan, dumbells. Do you get it yet?

    I wonder if she is the one that wrote the Evil Reagan’s speech calling Nazi SS officers “victims, just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps”….

    The people you look up to are what thinking people flush down the toilet. Like the coward George Zimmerman—-you know his M.O.—he’ll start a fight with his estranged wife and shoot her right through the heart.

    • hipshotpercussion

      Keep drinking that Democrat Kool-Aid, Boy Blunder.

    • Gary

      Did your parents have any kids that lived? I’m trying to figure out what George Zimmerman has to do with this president totally botching foreign affairs? If you still believe this president is handling the Middle East well, then the answer to my first question is “No” if it depends on you.

    • Robert Messmer

      The last report that I heard was that no charges have been filed. As is the case in most domestic violence cases, it is “he said” “she said” and the police have to try to sort it out from the evidence. Depending on what the police find in the destroyed iPad, they may wind up filing charges against the wife.

  • peter

    He will undoubtedly tell us all how good he is at having calmed the explosive situation all on his own and we should be eternally grateful that he is so accomplished. More lies and spin from the imposter who will like Kerry make it “perfectly clear” that it is him and him alone that has sorted out the Syrian bombing crisis and has absolutely nothing to do with that ” kid ” from Russia. Hi sheer arrogance has no bounds! He should issue an apology to his people and the world for his stupidity and gross mismanagement of a job which he has now at last finally demonstrated that he is incapable of doing.

  • bjeanfreau7

    That obama speech was totally anti-climatic. He said nothing new. All but dismissed the russian proposal of complete CW turnover. Kept pounding the same tired, worn-out remarks of kerry. It is so obvious that he and his globalist handlers are not going to leave syria alone. There will be another “incident” and to use his words, it may not be tomorrow or next week or next month……yada yada yada The man just can’t help himself! Putin is a grandmaster playing chess and Obama is playing with himself.

  • Deerinwater

    And you believe that! To offer judgement to such matters would require you to know something.

  • Deerinwater

    We needed a “stand down” and it appears we got it. To those involved I thank.

  • Warrior

    Well, we know what the “Quid” is, now what do you think the “Pro Quo” could be?

  • http://batman-news.com Jim B

    Amazing, absolutely amazing! Obama is God’s way of telling us we have really screwed up. He now believes, as most Dictators do, that he, and he alone, has the authority to initiate War. Call it what you will, but when you start dropping bombs on another country, you better be ready and willing to go to war… would we look upon it in any other way, have we ever? The Dictator and Chief has absolutely no idea what he is saying and why he is saying it. He is sheltered by political and moral authority that does not exist in our Constitution, our Bill of Rights. He actually said that over the decades this power has been given to the POTUS. We Must Ask, by who, under what authority, under what law, made him the Global Dictator. And, Let Us Be Clear, if this was a situation in any of the 15 or 20 countries that had any kind of military power, we would not be talking about this. Syria is the size of some of our midsized States, the threat to us can get no lower, Obama’s threat radar had to reach to the bottom of the bottoms to come up with such a lame National Security threat and still the likelihood is so close to ZERO that it cannot be written. Only a fool and a fool’s fool would talk of, or take such actions. Removing this criminal from office is the only credible thing to do.

  • deltamary

    “A speech like No other”?? Did I miss something?

  • perry

    Look I don’t like Obama ether however if you care about putin you should

  • perry

    Look I don’t like Obama but you people that care more for the Russian leader you should move to Russia. As we have no use for you.