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Stephen Kruiser

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May 3, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Tough love. But without the love.

There was one moment in President Obama’s world-weary press conference last Tuesday when he seemed genuinely interested and engaged. At the very end, when Obama had already begun to depart the podium, a reporter shouted a question about the previously obscure but now famously gay NBA center, Jason Collins. Obama returned to the podium and was animated as he expressed his pride in Collins: “I told him I couldn’t be prouder of him. .  .  . And I think America should be proud. .  .  . So I’m very proud of him.”

That’s nice.

In the meantime, between his hoop-shooting and golf-playing expeditions and his expositions on the social significance of sports, the president does have a day job. At the press conference he implicitly acknowledged that his job performance on Syria hasn’t been all that great. “What’s happening in Syria,” he said, “is a blemish on the international community generally.” But Barack Obama claims to be nothing if not a leader of “the international community.” So a blemish on the international community is a blemish on the presidency of Barack Obama.

Indeed, when it comes to Syria, even Barack Obama couldn’t claim that there’s much to be proud of: After two years of posturing and vacillating, of big talk and no action, of portentous but unenforced warnings, 75,000 people have died, Bashar al-Assad has remained in power and used chemical weapons, turmoil has spread to neighboring countries and the region has become increasingly unstable and dangerous, and America’s credibility lies in tatters.

Kristol gets in a couple more sharp digs about Collins and basketball which serve to highlight that the president is good at looking cool and concerned to his mindless cult of personality but, over four years into this, remains hopelessly out of his league when it comes to foreign policy.

But Obama may still act. Despite the wavering red line he seems to have laid down, Obama still maintains his earlier position that the (appropriately verified and confirmed, chain-of-custody and all) use of chemical weapons “would be a game-changer,” a phrase he repeated three times at his press conference, and elaborated on once: “That is a game-changer because what that portends is potentially even more devastating attacks on civilians, and it raises the strong possibility that those chemical weapons can fall into the wrong hands and get disseminated in ways that would threaten U.S. security or the security of our allies.”

So what is to be done? The options are far worse than they were two years ago. But Barack Obama must know that in the rough world of Middle East politics, as in the rough world of NBA basketball with which he seems more familiar, a game-changer unresponded-to results in a changed game. It results in defeat.

President Obama’s “Just elect me and the world will love us” foreign policy pitch in 2008 (which got a generous assist from his press monkeys) has been the nightmare any sane person knew it would be. Don’t mention that to an attendee to the court of The Idiot King, however. He or she will begin screaming “He came down from Heaven and slew the wicked bin Laden with a lightning bolt!” over and over, conflating one coordinated military and intelligence operation that began under the Bush administration with foreign policy.

But, hey, empathy or something.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Well, the thing about Syria is -- SQUIRREL! (with apologies to Mr. Steve Green)
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Obama has a Syrian policy?
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Ah Yes. Barack Obama now has to walk back his threat, just like Kim Jung-un.
1 year ago
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"and the region has become increasingly unstable and dangerous"

Instability and dangerousness in the Middle East? Why, that hasn't happened except for the last 5,000 years (give or take a couple thousand years.)
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Every "line in the sand" seems to get sand kicked in his face. And, the Chinese are most definitely observing and smiling. Their reaction to his "West Pacific Pivot" is to laugh out loud, knowing a paper tiger when they see one.
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Hater.

There's absolutely NO color high-def video (w/ full sound) proving that Assad personally dumped cans of Sarin on any of his countrymen! None!

Just another completely discredited accusation from the Womyn Haters!

Yeah, THAT'S the ticket . . .
1 year ago
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Bill Kristol: "There’s an Arab Spring."

Who would listen to this fool?
1 year ago
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"So what is to be done? The options are far worse than they were two years ago. But Barack Obama must know that in the rough world of Middle East politics, as in the rough world of NBA basketball with which he seems more familiar, a game-changer unresponded-to results in a changed game. It results in defeat."

There is something far more foolish than making a very foolish promise and not keeping it and that is making a very foolish promise and keeping it.
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As long as we mostly stay out of Syria, I think the policy is mostly a success. If Bill Kristol wants to help the "rebels", let him put on a uniform, raise an army and get his arse over there.
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If we statyed out, AND Obama could keep his mouth shut, then I'd probably agree.

But BO had to go and make an international "promise", threatening Assad with the full F & F of American Might, if Asad should happen to do "X".

Well, Assad did "X". And now BO's all "well, I mean if he did it really, really hard, on a Thursday . . ."

And so he's now rather significantly caused our country more danger, simply due to the fact that international respect for and fear of America have taken a demonstrable downturn.
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Well, the thing about Syria is -- SQUIRREL! (with apologies to Mr. Steve Green)
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