Readers may be interested in the Full Text of Obama’s War-Mongering Speech on Syria.
I can sum up Obama’s speech in two words “Flip Flop”.
Obama backed down from his John Wayne McCain guns-a-blazing approach to a fake-diplomatic stance “I have, therefore, asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path.”
Mish Translation “God damn it! I don’t have the votes”
Failure to attain a majority in Congress was clear earlier today when Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell Said ‘No’ On Syria Strike.
“Does Assad’s use of chemical weapons pose a threat to the national security interests of the United States? And the answer to that question is fairly obvious: Even the president himself says it doesn’t,” McConnell said.
McConnell stood his ground in contrast to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who, like John McCain wanted to proceed with warmongering regardless of costs.
Politico notes “In just the past 24 hours, GOP senators including Roy Blunt of Missouri, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee have all come out against a strike.”
Putin Saves Obama’s Ass
Seems to me, Putin saved Obama’s ass with a proposal to let Syria destroy its weapons. Obama turned a “God damn it! I don’t have the votes” horror story into a diplomatic “Give Peace a Chance” moment.
Putin gained stature and Obama lost stature. Putin’s win is Obama’s loss even if temporarily allows Obama to save face.