Olympus Has Fallen
But Putin's not giving him any room to pivot, swarming all over him like an NBA defensive master, yet with enough time to spare to become the latest op-ed contributor to the New York Times. Now Maureen can call her colleague "Vlad": "Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual and direct appeal to the American people Wednesday night to reject President Obama's calls for possible use of force against Syria." Putin displayed a disturbing cogency and enviable competence that stood in stark contrast to the awkward pirouettes performed by the man formerly known as the Lightworker.
But the process of collapse is not over yet. The Washington Post notes that Putin has lost no time driving a wedge between the hapless Obama and his Gulf allies: "U.S. ties in Persian Gulf at risk as Obama allows space for Russian-Syrian plan." The administration countered in the usual half-hearted manner -- with a press release touting the claim that weapons are at last reaching the Syrian rebels. But as the Washington Post notes, the "weapons" turn out to be the weakest available, along with non-lethal equipment:
The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened tensions over threats by President Obama to order missile strikes to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.
The arms are being delivered as the United States is also shipping new types of nonlethal gear to rebels. That aid includes vehicles, sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits.
As if to underline the difference in earnestness, Russia also announced the provision of S-300 antiaircraft missiles from Iran.
Assad scathingly called Obama not a president but the head of a social media network. One can only hope that Obama's latest counteroffensive does not go astray, and that Russia doesn't seize yet another misbegotten move by Barry -- to use Maureen's new endearment -- to turn the tables on him yet again. Jennifer Rubin writes on Twitter: "if this were a Little League game the mercy rule would be invoked for Obama." David Burge (known as Iowahawk) adds: "Putin now just basically doing donuts in Obama's front yard."
No, the man known as President Obama left the building after his Syria speech. What's left in the White House is Barry Soetoro or whatever he goes by now: a shrunken, confused husk surrounded by court jesters, second-rate ideologues, and sycophants. And while it may be tempting to gloat at his reversal of fortune, the truth is that the collapse of the presidency represents the most dangerous moment in America since the September 11, 2001 attacks.