In short, misjudgments by the Obama national security team have made the selling of an air war over Syria even more difficult than it otherwise would have been. But in many ways, Obama redeemed himself Tuesday night with a powerful invocation of American exceptionalism. When, with modest effort and risk, the president said, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer in the long run, I believe we should act. Thats what makes America different. Thats what makes America exceptional. Critics have suggested that since Obama has postponed congressional votes that he appeared likely to lose, the speech was a wasted interruption of prime-time programming.
Jill Biden, along with members of their staffs, began the day by marking the anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, first with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House and then, for the president, a wreath-laying ceremony and speech at the Pentagon Memorial . Speaking to a crowd of dignitaries and families of Sept. 11 victims, Obama declared the anniversary a moment for prayer, public service and thanksgiving, especially for the survivors who have “taught us all there’s no trouble we cannot endure and there’s no calamity we cannot overcome.” Live Blog: 9/11 Anniversary Coverage “Even more than memorials of stone and water, your lives are the greatest tribute to those that we lost, for their legacy shines on in you,” Obama said. “When you smile just like him, when you toss your hair just like her, when you foster scholarships and service projects that bear the name of those we lost and make a better world; when you join the firehouse or you put on the uniform or you devote yourself to a cause greater than yourself, just like they did, that’s a testimony to them.” Elsewhere in Washington, lawmakers — many with small American flags tucked into the pockets of their suit jackets — filed onto the steps of the U.S. Capitol in the late summer heat to honor the victims of the Sep.
The left-leaning Haaretz ran a series of cartoons featuring Obama and Putin with one, titled Scapegoat showing Obama unsuccessfully chasing a chicken with the face of Bashar al-Assad while Putin looks on. The lead story on many Israeli newspapers and websites on Wednesday – after Obamas speech to the nation – focused on a potential deal between Russia and Iran that would supply missile systems to Iran and help it build a second nuclear reactor. Irans President, Hassan Rowhani, is set to meet Putin on Friday during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Kyrgyzstan. Ronald Reagan must be spinning in his gravethe Russians are making a comeback, thanks to the Obama administration, wrote Yehuda Balanga, a professor at Bar Ilan University, in an opinion piece for Maariv on Tuesday, according to a translation by POLITICO. Despite its support of the bad guys of the Middle East (Iran and Syria), Russia seems now more than ever to have a solution to the Syrian crisis in their hands. On Wednesday, most Israeli papers did not feature a photo of the president on their front pages – instead Putin and Syrian rebels dominated.
Obama’s proposed plan for military action in Syria puts pressure on his Democratic ally
Hed like to see the U.S. avoid military action in Syria. We need to find another solution to doing things, Rainey said. In part, he thinks more countries should be involved in discussions about how to handle Syria in order to advance a more united solution. That potential option gained momentum as leaders discussed the possibility of putting Syrias chemical weapons under international control. Smith said a diplomatic solution like that proposal would be the ideal outcome, but he said the plan is still in its infancy and must be fully vetted.
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GET REAL!!!! September 11, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm | just saying “obama only feels comfortablde on the golf course” — And you only feel comfortable with a COMPETENT POTUS. September 11, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm | Lynda/Minnesota @Jules. Unfortunately, I can’t say what I really think so I do the best I can within the restrictions I am given. Others are able to spit just about anything they want out on these posts. I’m held to a higher standard.