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Shamed Into War
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer

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Posted By:FlyRight, 8/30/2013 7:34:11 AM

Having leaked to the world, and thus to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a detailed briefing of the coming U.S. air attack on Syria — (1) the source (offshore warships and perhaps a bomber or two), (2) the weapon (cruise missiles), (3) the duration (two or three days), (4) the purpose (punishment, not “regime change”) — perhaps we should be publishing the exact time the bombs will fall, lest we disrupt dinner in Damascus. So much for the element of surprise. Into his third year of dithering, two years after declaring Assad had to go, one year after drawing — then erasing


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/30/2013 7:44:43 AM     (No. 9498122)

The current Administration is so steeped in politics and worried about poll numbers they have no idea how they should proceed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/30/2013 7:59:01 AM     (No. 9498143)

Like any good narcissist, they always think they are right. When proven wrong, they place the blame elsewhere. This will be no different. Unfortunately, since the narcissist is the President of the United States, WWIII may erupt. Since that wasn´t Obama´s intention, he will bear no responsibility. Easy peasy...Keep Calm and Carry On.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 8/30/2013 8:05:12 AM     (No. 9498151)

The only possible excuse for supporting Obama in this proposed misstep is that it might avoid the inevitable escalation of rationalizations for subsidizing our enemies. The next step will probably be worse.
Obama isn´t "shamed" into or out of anything. He is shameless.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Crosscut, 8/30/2013 8:05:49 AM     (No. 9498153)

National defense, war and foreign policy are just not within Democrat skill sets. Hillary was a disaster as SoS and Obama is too as POTUS. When does this nightmare end? Perhaps it´s time for a coup in the U.S.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Watlines, 8/30/2013 8:07:06 AM     (No. 9498155)

We´ve gone from incontrovertible evidence that Assad´s forces used the gas to ... we´re not sure who did it.

Apparently Biden and Kerry don´t know what they´re talking about, which fits perfectly with Obama´s ill-conceived, puerile decision making.

I bet Obama walks back from his redline again, citing that nobody knows who did it.

He´s playing Clue again, without a clue.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: shamus, 8/30/2013 8:08:51 AM     (No. 9498158)

The White House has blundered into this situation and has no good policy option. Unless prepared for full out hostilities with Iran, they should stand down. This would demonstrate a complete lack of credibility, but it´s better to look foolish than to act foolish.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: M2, 8/30/2013 8:17:19 AM     (No. 9498166)

Otherwise, just send Assad a text message. You might incur a roaming charge, but it’s still cheaper than a three-day, highly telegraphed, perfectly useless demonstration strike.

Bada bing!

If you are going to do this, Mr. President, do it constitutionally. And seriously. This is not about you and your conscience.

The good doctor gives him too much credit for having a conscience to begin with. Further, today´s pronouncement from on high saying that the US may move against Syria without the UK´s help is more proof that whatever Obama does do, he will do it to stick it to the UK or to make himself actually look like the CIC he isn´t.

Too bad Obama likes to play mind games with human lives, just as he did in Benghazi, simply to avoid cheesing off his base.

That bust of Churchill he returned as his first snub to the UK must still be sticking in his craw. The man is a walking pin-cushion, still smarting from old conflicts and insecurities.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Arby, 8/30/2013 9:25:40 AM     (No. 9498272)

This will accomplish nothing. Telling Assad that teacher is displeased with his homework will not bother him a bit. He´s fighting for his life while Fauxbama is fighting for a good tee time and a way to dodge Moochelle´s nagging.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Desert Fox, 8/30/2013 9:26:43 AM     (No. 9498275)

Previously Posted From Different Source Here: http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=749985

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 8/30/2013 9:31:25 AM     (No. 9498279)

It isn´t shame, it´s ridicule. BO HATES to be mocked and he has set himself up with all his posturing for a major laugh at his ineptitude and ineffectiveness. Further, all his potential allies have retreated decisively from the situation, leaving him standing alone. So the focus and the decision is HIS alone and it has become a NO WIN scenario, something BO trembles in fear of. He always wants to come out polling well. In this case, he has positioned him self so it is impossible to.

Oh yeah, the press will half heartedly say there is nothing he could have done and indicate may be it was better to do nothing anyway.

But BO is being mocked as ineffective already. Poor economy, no gun control, no big environmental success, BOCare is rotting slowly and has begun to stink, immigration has stalled, Kerry´s efforts with the Israelis and Palestinians is going nowhere, the world is in chaos, and BO is on vacation playing golf.

His legacy is being flushed away. And he knows it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: cgood, 8/30/2013 9:34:06 AM     (No. 9498287)

It´s so much easier to criticize the decisions of others than to be accountable for your own, eh Barack?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/30/2013 9:40:10 AM     (No. 9498297)

If only Obama could be shamed into fixing the economy and unemployment.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: saucy, 8/30/2013 9:50:52 AM     (No. 9498310)

Once again, defying the Constitution - time to go.

IMPEACHMENT for crimes and misdemeanors.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: stryker714, 8/30/2013 10:06:18 AM     (No. 9498327)

If the gay muslim fascist is foolish enough to follow through with this, he´ll see all too well the consequences as in what happens to the US and France and what does not happen to Britain. Again the terrorist, Obama, is threatening to slam the cockpit door shut, lock it and tell anyone concerned to go pound sand. Enjoy the ride he says.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/30/2013 10:21:22 AM     (No. 9498355)

Time to poll the military. NOT the powdered princes in the pentagon, but the boots on the ground military. How difficult it must be for them to have a Pansy as CIC.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/30/2013 10:23:45 AM     (No. 9498359)

After he published the date for ending the last war, why not publish the date of the start of the next one?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/30/2013 10:46:32 AM     (No. 9498387)

Has it occurred to anyone that Obama and Gang do not understand what killing looks like?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: EQKimball, 8/30/2013 11:11:58 AM     (No. 9498432)

This involves more than loss of face. You cannot tell the schoolyard bully you will meet him in the parking lot, and then claim that you meant for a game of marbles, or that you hear your mother calling. Unless, of course, you are prepared for the rest of the year becoming sheer hell, with all of the bully´s friends feeling emboldened as well. The world is watching.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dman, 8/30/2013 11:23:01 AM     (No. 9498449)

How many must die to cover the Emperor´s "leading from (his) behind"??

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Reply 20 - Posted by: joeyinempirestate, 8/30/2013 11:33:16 AM     (No. 9498461)

Of course the guy has a tremendous ego; he sent the USS Barry along on the mission! You can´t make this stuff up...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/30/2013 12:24:04 PM     (No. 9498504)

Obama can do as he wishes between now and the end of his term. As far as military action is concerned, as long as Obama does not put boots on the ground as Bush did, the liberals and progressives to who he is politically allied on mostly domestic liberal and progressive policy goals will remain with him as they do not have a clue as to how the world actually works outside the US borders. Chances are the wimpy Republicans will either remain silent thus going along to get along, or will act as McCain and his handmaidens have been doing, encouraging Obama to launch a full scale military action thus starting another war.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: NotaBene, 8/30/2013 12:33:05 PM     (No. 9498511)

How will we like it when Al-Qaida takes power? They will kill all the Christians for starters. Happy Arab Spring, everyone.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Butch59, 8/30/2013 1:42:21 PM     (No. 9498615)

Anyone that has any idea of how to conduct a war will know that there is only ONE objective and that is to WIN. And to win, you must achieve two objectives. One, to destroy the enemy´s ability to resist and, two, you must destroy the enemy´s will to resist. That´s what we did in WWII. And speaking of that, the only smart decision FDR made in his entire years in office was to put WWII in the hands of the generals and admirals that have the knowledge and skill to achieve the main objectives. Obozo doesn´t have the smarts to do anything like this and our current flock of generals and admirals are far too interested in advancing their careers.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Kansas Matters, 8/30/2013 4:13:12 PM     (No. 9498847)

This is reminiscent of Animal House: "I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody´s part! "

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 8/30/2013 6:10:13 PM     (No. 9498990)

I could not believe the audio clip I heard on AM news of Eleanor Holmes Norton instructing Obama to talk to Congress about his Syrian attack idea. I never agree with the liberal lady, but this time she was spot on. She even mentioned that before Iraq, there was months of discussion with Congress. Chaos might work in a Saul Alinsky book, but in reality, you eventually not only run out of other people´s money, you run out of people who trust you to do anything.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: ocjim, 8/31/2013 3:22:29 AM     (No. 9499353)

Dr. K. strikes exactly the right note on Obama: disdain. Ditto.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: ocjim, 8/31/2013 3:35:18 AM     (No. 9499357)

#20, USS Barry? LOL. Funny but true.
Along those lines, how about he moves the old battle axe,... er, battleship Big Mo out of Pearl. The Barry can make some noise, but when Big Mo sits on the Syrians, they will know they were sat on.

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Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

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