Maybe these clowns in the media should wait a few days before pulling out their tired, old, diatribes about President Obama’s ineffectiveness. Then they wouldn’t look like such damn fools when the president serves them their much-deserved and well-earned plate of crow.
On Wednesday Joe Klein wrote this crap in Time:
“He willingly jumped into a bear trap of his own creation. In the process, he has damaged his presidency and weakened the nation’s standing in the world. It has been one of the more stunning and inexplicable displays of presidential incompetence that I’ve ever witnessed.”
Two days later right-wing bomb thrower Mark Steyn wrote this at National Review in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times:
“…Putin is “now just basically doing donuts in Obama’s front yard.” It’s not just that he can stitch him up at the G-8, G-20, Gee-don’t-tell-me-you’re-coming-back-for-more, and turn the leader of the free world into the planet’s designated decline-and-fall-guy, but he can slough off crappy third-rate telepromptered mush better than you community-organizer schmucks, too.
…With this op-ed Tsar Vlad is telling Obama: The world knows you haven’t a clue how to play the Great Game or even what it is, but the only parochial solipsistic dweeby game you do know how to play I can kick your butt all over town on, too.”
“The United States and Russia reached a sweeping agreement on Saturday that called for Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by the middle of 2014 and indefinitely stalled the prospect of American airstrikes.”
…Under the agreement, titled “Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons,” an inspection of the chemical weapons sites identified by the Syrian government must be completed by November. Equipment for producing chemical weapons and filling munitions with poison gas must be destroyed by November.
The document also says there is to be “complete elimination of all chemical weapons material and equipment in the first half of 2014.”
Well now, Mr. Klein and Mr. Steyn, who’s ineffective now? Who doesn’t know how to play the game? Who doesn’t have a clue? Got a mirror?
What President Obama and Secretary Kerry have done is put in place a mechanism for getting rid of Syria’s chemical weapons without any American military intervention. I’d call that a win-win. It’s not going to be an easy road to be sure–doing inspections and removing chemical weapons in the middle of an ongoing civil war–but at least it is a light at the end of the tunnel.
And on the subject of who blinked, Obama or Putin, looks to me like it was the President of Russia, not the President of the United States. I don’t write for Time or National Review, but this is how it looks to this non-Ivory Tower rube. Putin took Obama’s threat of a military strike in Syria seriously. Assad is Putin’s boy, and Putin knows that American military action–no matter how limited and how targeted–would carry the possibility of shifting the battlefield in favor of the rebel forces. Russia has its own problem with Islamic extremists, and Putin doesn’t want to see those chemical weapons fall into their hands any more than we do. So he took the occasion of John Kerry’s offhanded (or was it?) remark about what Syria could do to avoid a military strike and got Assad on the horn to get this ball rolling. Game, set, match Obama.
One more reason I know this agreement must be a step in the right direction. Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb anybody McCain and his lapdog Lindsey are agin it.
Nice work, Mr. President.