See, you can't have it both ways. Intention is everything. They walked it back. You yourself just said it was a gaff. Fumbling about, falling ass backward into success in spite of yourself shows neither strength nor leadership.
To frame it as such is nothing more than
But there are fools who'll believe it...
I have suggested that it might be nice for us to provide aid instead of killing them...especially the women and children! I like your idea of sending food directly to the people, too. I would hope that it might make a difference in their opinion of us, especially the children. Maybe not, but what we're doing isn't making us more popular, either.
And of course the President walked back Kerry's suggestion. As I said, not even he believed the Russians would take the recommendation to Assad with any expectation he'd accept. Of course, as you've pointed out and I fully agree if the President were thinking clearly on the matter he'd have saw this as a diplomatic opportunity to resolve the matter peacefully. Of course, here is where the Right-Wing hardliners completely forget (or ignore) how this "turning over WMD to the international community led by U.N. weapons inspectors" didn't quite work out oh, about 10 years ago w/Saddam Hussein. (Hence, the very real reason Assad happens to now have chemical weapons. Hint, Hint!!) So, my guess is President Obama is looking at this from a prism of not too distant history:
1) An untrustworthy liaison to Syria that is Vladamer Putin; but moreover (and, thus, the real kicker),
2) An untrustworthy foreign government who like its neighbor also once promised to give up its WMDs.
I understand how people are trying to play this, i.e., oh, President Obama isn't so smart, etc., etc., but I'm not so sure that in those first 24 hours I'd have been too keen on taking a "wait and see" approach either (referring to waiting to see if Putin would actually talk to Assad and convince him to accept such a proposal).
We all have the benefit of hindsight. But as I've often said, we, Americans, have short-term memories when it comes to political affairs which only gets shorter the more partisan we become. We forget (or ignore) the errors "our side" made but are quick to pounce on the other side when they do so something wrong or you don't agree with. It has everything to do with not wanting to see anything positive come from "their guy" but accept on blind faith what "our guy" did...or didn't do...or failed to do...or could have done better...blah, blah, blah.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 09-13-13 at 11:32 AM.
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground
Currently there is no "my guy".
I know I'm relatively new to this forum so people don't realize that I voted in 08 for this "guy" Obama. First Dem I voted for for national office and the last. I said then, back in 2007 and 2008; should he fail to live up to his commitments, should he go off the reservation, should he basically do everything that he has done, I would be his most vicious critic. I keep my promises.
To the beginning portion of your post I can only say that in everyday life for everyday people practicing mindfulness is of the utmost importance. When dealing with IR or anything in governance this state of mind is paramount. Obama and Kerry both failed. The only thing in fact that Obama never seems to fail at, is being a disappointment.