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Hmmm. "Get the 'policy' right" ? as in singular?
WASHINGTON — President Obama says a tumultuous month as commander in chief, when his policy toward Syria took a number of unexpected turns, may not have looked “smooth and disciplined and linear,” but it’s working.
“I’m less concerned about style points. I’m much more concerned with getting the policy right,” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on “This Week.”
Obama said his surprise announcement on Aug. 31 that he would seek congressional authorization for U.S. military strikes against Syria, then the abrupt cancellation of a vote this week and pursuit of a diplomatic plan led by the Russians, has put the country “definitely in a better position.”
“My entire goal throughout this exercise is to make sure what happened on Aug. 21 does not happen again,” the president told Stephanopoulos of the large-scale chemical weapons attack outside Damascus that he said killed more than 1,400 civilians.
“We have the possibility of making sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
definitely in a better position
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Obama took the easy way out, it was predictable, they knew he would. Putin has supported the brutality of the Assad regime, and defended them, and now the whole thing is under his control.
In the process, the credibility of the president has been destroyed, the enemies of the USA know now that they have little to fear from this presidency, because the president isn't a real leader, backs down under stress and is seen as cowardly.
It is what it is. Can't change it now.
Assad has killed at least 100,000 human beings, sent far more fleeing into refugee camps out of Syria..has shown a desire for genocide to end the uprising, tested the boundaries the president of the USA and international community has set, and remains in position to continue the same. With his strongest ally in charge.
Obama may not realize it yet, but FOR HIM, this was the worst possible outcome.
Lemme get this straight.
Obama wanted military strikes.
No-one else did.
So we go the diplomatic route.
That Obama now takes credit for.
why because some people will score cheep political points? please......
i can see clearly that the greater good has been done.
There's over 100,000 dead and millions of Syrian citizens that have fled to other countries.
where's the 'greater good' ?
don't you understand ?
Obama had the chance of a lifetime to stop the civil war in one agreement.
There is No Discussion at ALL going on about stopping the civil war.
why is THAT ?
If he had of gone in you'd have all called him a war monger
Now he's not going in, he's a heartless whimp who backtracked on WW3.
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I've only criticized Obama on his efforts to engage Syria with weapons.
I'll further criticize the idiot if he takes credit for something he didn't want to do, nor plan.
Overall, however, I am happy that we are not entering into a civil war with Islamic extremists on one side and a brutal dictator on the other.
What difference would THAT POSSIBLY make ?
civil war is never cut and dry, 100,000 people have died, but how many from either side?
You're missing the entire point. I'm not suggesting that anybody 'goes in' at all. I'm suggesting that Obama and Putin have other agendas because neither have even mentioned that the civil war should be addressed. Don't you find that a wee bit suspicious ?
going in alone could have been a disaster for the us, and for WORLD PEACE
The CW talks don't include getting any CWs from rebels that I know of. Please show that it does, I hope I'm wrong. And the opinion is already against the U.S., and the ME has been a nightmare for .... how long now ?
first do no harm, leaving the rebels with unsecured chem weapon's would cause opinion to turn against the us, and make the middle east a nightmare.
?? The civil war has been going since Jan 2011 !! And the U.N. has failed in every single effort. Why is THAT ?
and now MORE nations will bring diplomacy to bear on the assad regime, to comply with the UN mandate, you think "to end a war you must start one"?