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Obama puts International Community in Charge of U.S. Security

Well, I guess, you could say, at least someone’s in charge.

At his White House press conference today, President Obama said – I don’t think I’ve ever heard a president say this, but he said it – that a determination of whether to uphold U.S. national security would hinge of the precious thoughts of the international community.

Now I get that Obama wants to divorce himself from what he perceives – it’s not true, but it’s what he perceives – to be the go-it-alone stance of cowboy George W. Bush. But that means you try to get more buy-in from your allies. Not that you allow the various misfits, morons, and megalomaniacs in the international community to decide what’s right for Uncle Sam.

And yet, Obama said,

What is true, though, is, is that if I can establish in a way that not only the United States but also the international community feel confident is the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, then that is a game-changer because what that portends is potentially even more devastating attacks on civilians, and it raises the strong possibility that those chemical weapons can fall into the wrong hands and get disseminated in ways that would threaten U.S. security or the security of our allies.

So we need China to feel confident of this? Maybe the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt too? If the prospect of Syria’s leaders using chemical weapons is a threat to our security because Islamists could potentially capture them, then WE DECIDE whether to take care of the problem. Not some feudal ruler of the Arabian Peninsula.

What you witnessed today on Syria was the sight of a red line being moved. Obama had once made some kind of a threat that we’d get our serious bad boy attitude going if Syria used nuclear weapons. A “game changer,” he said. Except its clear that when Obama said that, he hadn’t bothered to think through what on earth he meant.

That’s why he said today:

By game-changer I mean that we would have to rethink the range of options that are available to us.

Talk about Chamberlainesque rhetoric: IF YOU MESS AROUND WITH ME, I’M GOING TO HAVE TO RETHINK THINGS!!

Oh boy, that will put the fear of Zeus in them.

The problem for Obama is that he made a very serious threat. And now any fourth grade bully can see he’s backing off of it. And the world is full of countries run by former fourth grade bullies who are taking note.

Obama should never have started discussing red lines. But since he did, he must do something to show he’s not an invertebrate.

I’ve got no idea what – the time for wading into the Syria conflict was long ago, when there was at least some prospect of a pro-Western result. Now there really isn’t. And even back then, it wasn’t clear that the upside of arming the rebels outweighed the downside.

“I don’t bluff,” Obama said when talking about his other red line on Iran. Well now the Iranians know he does. And that’s a very dangerous thing indeed.

Here’s the video of Obama’s remarks on Syria.

28 Responses to Obama puts International Community in Charge of U.S. Security

  1. Mr. Obama seems to live on a bluff — far above those who don’t have his vast (or is that half-vast?) intellectual bona fides.

    As to those red lines: I believe he was referring to the borders of those territories that don’t see eye to eye with him, the proper response to which is more stupendous speechifying and calculated campaigning.

  2. Everyone (including our enemies) has known for some time that he is all words. Anybody count the qualifiers in his speech? “if”, “not only..but also”, “potentially” “possibility”.

    “Rethink range of options available to us”. Isn’t the range of options already fixed? it goes from do nothing to full blown nuke.

    Yep, all words, no substance, definitely no action.

  3. Get out the shovel…Barry is talking
    Obama is going to think about thinking about Syria. Yap yap yap
    He is worthless.

    Bs artist and liar.
    Who gave the stand down order for Benghazi?

  4. If my lips weren’t so chapped my guffaw could be heard around the block, or at least downstairs. How can anyone really think that some C+ student in a public high school civics class from ‘Anytown, USA’ couldn’t run this country better than this guy.

    Do they still teach civics or has that been replaced with some nonsensical class like ‘Gender Identification – Who Shall I be Today?’

  5. Well he’s a real renaissance kinda guy isn’t he a little Neville Chamberlain with a big shot of Quisling and the charm and wisdom of
    Amb Joe Kennedy England his Hitler phase. No we’ve got nothing to
    worry about nothing at all. Wonder if we can hire a really tough mercenary media? We need a fighting chance.

  6. Well we’re back to “In a strong statement about and earlier statement the president made a clarifying statement, strongly stating he stands by his earlier statement.” Everywhere, all the time, yet says nothing. Except in this case he actually did make a real and poignant mistake. It will not be missed.
    Then we have “…and it raises the strong possibility that those chemical weapons can fall into the wrong hands…” Is there ever a time when chemical weapons in the hands of a dictator might be the right hands? Good grief.

  7. The world no longer fears the actions of the U.S. – they are jeering and sneering. America has been attacked – not by AlQaeda or it’s affiliates, but by the enemy within: Barack Hussein Obama!

    The abdicator-in-chief is the culmination of his father’s anti-colonialist dreams; Rev. Wright’s fiery sermons damning America; Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn’s underground militia; and all of his Marxist palsy-walsys from the Chicago poltiboro/.

    America is getting what it deserves! /sarc off/

  8. the oddest thing is that Obama’s on his own with this one. the “world”–or at least a lot of it–already thinks Syria has used chemical weapons. Obama’s own SecDef believes it!

    so this is all just a way of moving the red line a little further down the road. and oh yeah you bet Iran is watching our indecisive president. they should now understand that the US will do nothing to stop it from having a nuclear weapon.

  9. As I’ve said before, this President is a dangerous threat to our security. Only when he and his ilk are removed from power and true American leaders installed in the high offices will I feel somewhat safer.