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September 10, 2013 - 7:44 am

White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama will move forward with a Syria strike pitch to the American people tonight despite a delayed Senate vote after Russia announced a plan to secure Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons.

Carney said the administration views the deal brokered by Assad’s main arms supplier as “potentially a positive development.”

“And we see it as a clear result of the pressure that has been put on Syria by the fact that the president has been moving forward and taking his proposal that we engage in limited strikes against Syria in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons against a civilian population,” he continued.

“So he will go forward tonight and make the case to the American people as well as to Congress as he has been that what happened on August 21st was a chemical weapons attack with terrible consequences, that it is undeniable the responsibility for that attack rests with the Assad regime, and that the international community, in this case led by the United States, cannot stand by and allow that international prohibition against the use of chemical weapons to unravel before our eyes. Because the consequences in the long term of that happening would be terrible for the region as well as for the world, including the United States.”

When asked on MSNBC if Obama still wants strikes, Carney said “the president does believe that we need to take action in reaction to Syria’s blatant violation of this long-standing international prohibition against the use of chemical weapons.”

“He also believes, because there is not an imminent threat to U.S. national security, and because his military commanders have told him that they are prepared to strike and that the strike’s impact will not be significantly affected whether we do it right away or in a week or in a month, that we ought to go to Congress because that’s the way he believes the system ought to work. And we ought to make the case to Congress, and Congress ought to take action, vote and authorize this strike,” he added.

“…And let’s be clear. What we’re seeing with the Russian proposal and the Syrian reaction has only come about because of the threat of — the credible threat of U.S. military action. Before this morning, the Syrian government had never even acknowledged they possessed chemical weapons. Now they have.”

Carney said Obama’s next steps are “building support for calling on Congress as well as the American people to understand and support the action that he’s proposed.”

“He will also, as he did last night in response to questions from network anchors, note that we have some potential progress on the diplomatic front because of the credible threat of U.S. military force with the Russian proposal, which I want to make clear is something that we have been discussing with the Russians, Secretary Kerry with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and the president with President Putin in St. Petersburg just on Friday. And so this is the by-product of the push for action that the president has led,” the press secretary continued.

“But most Americans, because they’re busy, they — you know, they understand that the president is calling for military action in Syria, which sounds a lot like, at first blush, military action in Iraq, military action in Afghanistan. And it’s incumbent upon him to explain why this is not what we’ve seen in the past ten years.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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so we get a president that is a paper tiger, with a line in the sand that means nothing, and we lose the prestige in the eyes of the world.

And then we get Putin becoming the hero, as he pushes the unpatritotic irresponsible half black thug political failure to the side.

And funny Putin gets what he wants and US gets nothing because Putin keeps Assad in power, has brokered the deal, diminished US in the eyes of the world and elevated himself. Quite a win for Putin and another example of what happens when people vote on color of skin rather than accomplishments
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Baghdad Bob is back!
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Mussolini thought he could look good offing Haile Selassie. Mussolini lasted until 1943, Haile Selassie's government lasted until 1974--YES-- 1974! Haile Selassie outlasted Mussolini by half a century. I have the feeling that Obooboo will go down before Assad's hair turns white.
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Well, after reading Maureen Dowd's columm, in the NYTs it appears that the spinmeisters have failed. Of course she took the usual gratuitis swipe at W, but, nevertheless, she points out what a laughable incompetent Obama & Co. have been.
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It's worse than pathetic when Russia's President is more concerned with America's best interest than our President.

Putin just prevented us from a getting into a very big war so that Obama could aid and abet Al Queda.
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Carney needs to get his ludicrous Opie a** back to where ever he's from. That boy has about as much credibility as Miley Cyrus.
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I guess there are two ways to look at this.

First, tough, cagey Obama faced down the Syrians and Russians and made them blink. They're so afraid of his "credible" threat that they'd do anything to appease him, including handing over Assad's chemical arsenal.

Second, inept, foolish Obama only knew one way to respond to the Syrian situation: drop some bombs. Tough, cagey Putin stepped in to keep him from doing something really stupid.

Which is it, I wonder? Is everything going according to Obama's master plan? Or did Putin save his bacon while simultaneously exposing him as the amateur he is?

I'm sure the MSM will clear it all up for is in a few days.
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Meh...... The flea farted.
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And when Obama airlifted his dog to Martha's Vineyard, costing the public tens of thousands of dollars, he was really testing BO to see how well he could aim his poop when dangled from an open window.

The plan was to let Bo poop on Assad's head.

Tweet that Axelrod you putz.
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David Axelrod Tweets: "If POTUS hadn't threatened credible military response, does anyone believe Russia and Syria would be coming forward now? No time to falter."

Mr. Axelrod, I do not think the word "credible" means what you think it does.

But that is not to detract from the Victory of Obama the God. When Obama threatened to slap that thilly thavage Assad for being a meanie he really showed his stuff. Wow. Assad is going to give a promise to behave with his best buddy Putin as a co-signer. Wow. You can take those to the bank. What moron would question the value of promises from those two?
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For better or worse, Putin is now the leader of the Free (read: non-muslim) World. Now, granted the leader is not a really good guy, and the Free World certainly ain't what it would turn out to be, but our current president has certainly show us that when you aspire to lead from the rear, you're going to be eating everyone else's dust. Oh, and here's a headline from tomorrow: "Cold War Over. Russia Wins."
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carney went to the baghdad bob school for morons - graduated with highest honors
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