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The Very Best of Hands

August 29th, 2013 - 6:38 am
The Commander-in-Chief

The commander-in-chief, muscular and robust

I’ve had my say about Syria here and on the home page, as part of PJ Media’s college of columnists, so there’s little to add until the President makes up his mind: to intervene in the Syrian civil war or not? A third course, inaction, would seem more suitable for a man of his unmartial temperament, but the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party will have none of that:

One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

“They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” he said.

Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up. Over at Bloomberg.com, Jeffrey Goldberg has had enough:

There’s nothing like acting out of an acute fear of mockery to get you mocked, I suppose. Remember “leading from behind”? This quote ranks up there in the did-someone-actually-say-that category. (By the way, I don’t doubt the accuracy of the reporting, I’m just incredulous that someone in a position of responsibility would be so brutally frank.)

“Muscular,” by the way, is one of those words — like “robust” — that Washington policy makers use to describe foreign and defense policies that otherwise might not be mistaken for muscular or robust.

As the saying goes, the country’s in the very best of hands.

UPDATE: Even Assad’s kid is apparently getting into the act. The utter humiliation of Barack Hussein Obama — and of the country he purports to lead — is now almost complete. Let’s just hope the former Punahou bench-warmer doesn’t take umbrage at trash talk. On the other hand, he does seem to have sensitivity issues

Related:

Military Officers Warn Against Syria Strike

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So, it will go like this.

Look for the Russians to evacuate their base inland. As the US ships come in range of the Syrain coast, all russian naval forces will withdraw. Very far away.

After that? Well, this is 2013, not 1983. If you know anyone on those US ships, set aside some time for funerals in the future.

I really, really doubt, that the US will launch a land war in Europe, just to engage in tit-for tat. And who has the most to lose, in a war of naval attrition?
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
It is best to let the dusst settle before cleaunig up.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
One problem with all of this is that the next U.S. president, assuming he/she isn't Hillary Clinton, is probably going to have to seriously knock some heads together to get anyone to pay attention to us.
47 weeks ago
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The humiliation won't be complete until Obama, and thus America, go it alone, and 'accidentally' force Assad to call on Iran...which, in turn, will call on Russia...which will leave us looking like the bully who has just had his bluff called by someone who is as big and strong and mean as he is.

That's when our humiliation will be complete.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's not possible to humiliate someone who hasn't a shred of humility in his character.
47 weeks ago
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As it stands now, there is only one cogent reason to intervene in Syria, and that is to save Obama's face after he rashly established a "red line" against the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. A war he helped start with his incredibly stupid foreign policy.

Let Obama eat crow, it will be good for him. A little humility never hurt an arrogant dictator.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
There is no amount of bombing that can make him look good at this time.
47 weeks ago
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Leaked Documents – U S Framed Syria in Chemical Weapons Attack

August 26th, 2013


http://investmentwatchblog.com/leaked-documents-u-s-framed-syria-in-chemical-weapons-attack/
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
Does anyone doubt, that should we bomb Syria, the complexities that follow would require that Obama, himself, take up the role of military commander. Of course, he'll have Susan Rice, Jarret, Axelrod and Emmanuel on his Advisory War Counsel, but all the questions about battle decisions and tactical matters will be his.
47 weeks ago
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When will the americans and their central government have enough of war and killing. Isn't a century and a half of piling up corpses by the millions enough? No more war, no more imperial presidents; let us try to have a true republican government. Those nitwits who need to have a war can form a new Abraham Lincoln brigade and led by girlie men like Chris Mathews can put their own boots on the ground.
47 weeks ago
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If we have learned one truth since 9/11, it's that Moslems like to kill each other. And via suicide, if necessary.

Bosnia, Iraq, Egypt, it doesn't matter: when freed from their tyrant, at great cost, they as a culture continue to murder each other by the tens of thousands.

Why should we waste our resources killing one side or the other? Let the Syrians -- and the rest of Islam -- continue to kill each other. They like it.

Ironic Syria point: Obama will be siding with the rebels -- our old friends Al Qaeda.

Heckuva job, Barry.
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