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  •  I haven't heard about "bi-partisanship" lately (4+ / 0-)

    Obama can't catch a break with these republicans!

    •  And Obama can't catch a break with these liberals. (9+ / 0-)

      If Assad now turns over chemical weapons to avoid a military intervention, then pressuring him with the spectre of said military intervention was smart power and yet another demonstration of Obama's skill at his job.

      But do not hold your breath expecting the Rand Paul liberaltarian crowd to continue to do anything but bash the President. If he allows Assad to slaughter children, he's callous and indifferent. If he intervenes unilaterally, he's a warmongerer. If he respects the rule of law and goes to Congress, he's indecisive and waffling. If works with Russia and the EU to help pressure Assad, he's weak and leading from behind. If he's careful and slow in doing all this rather than making a quick decision, then it's amateur hour -- and on and on.

      I was all for Hillary in 2008. I'm proud of having supported this imperfect President in 2012, my disagreements with him notwithstanding. And I'll miss him when he's retired and the complainers have somebody else to snipe at constantly for 4-8 years.

      •  Do you mean libertarian? Not liberal. (1+ / 0-)
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        And:

        The horrors:  A woman follows a A-A as president.

        Eight more years of insanity from the right.

        The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

        by NCJim on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 10:41:34 AM PDT

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      •  Just discussed this a lunch (2+ / 0-)
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        SilentBrook, a gilas girl

        My husband was saying that having Russia come up with a compromise makes the administration look week and will make it hard to elect another Democratic President.  I disagreed.  Kerry first voiced the idea.  Russia jumped in and Syria says they think it is all a great idea.

        The point I made is that without Obama clearly stating that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated and his bold move to put Congress on the line, he played a great strategy.  

        He remains true to his contention that Congress should be consulted (from his campaign days), but makes it clear that he can legally act without agreement (many such precedents) .  This puts the Russians in a position that they have to do something if they want to remain credible on their stand on chemical weapons.  With this pressure, a potential diplomatic solution may be found which would be of benefit to all .. the American people don't want the US involved ... the President forced international action ... the US will not be in a position to be blamed for additional deaths in Syria!  

        It will be interesting to see this play out!

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