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AP: How ‘Timing’ Is Keeping Obama From Acting

From the always dependable Associated Press:

When to strike: Syria timing is complex for Obama

By JOSH LEDERMAN | August 28, 2013 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparations for a highly anticipated strike on Syria could lead to an awkward decision on timing.

Few doubt that President Barack Obama is preparing for a U.S.-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government. But there are few good options for when to attack.

Wednesday, for example, would make for an uncomfortable juxtaposition of themes: On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Obama pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of the nonviolent leader’s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Thursday is also problematic. That’s when British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to convene an emergency meeting of Parliament, where lawmakers are expected to vote on a motion clearing the way for Britain to respond to the alleged chemical weapons attack.

Days later, on Tuesday, Obama embarks on an overseas trip that will take him away from the White House for most of the week.

Would Obama really want to be running a military operation from Sweden? Or from Russia, which vigorously opposes action against Syria?

Compounding the pressure, some lawmakers and allies are urging Obama to proceed slowly and seek U.N. Security Council approval, while others are imploring the president to act quickly and decisively. After all, Obama’s response earlier this year after the U.S. first concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons was criticized as too little, too late.

"The longer you wait, the less meaningful it becomes," said Barry Pavel, a former top national security official in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations…

And never mind that the whole exercise will probably be meaningless, anyway. Since, if Assad did use these chemical weapons, a few cruise missile strikes aren’t going to change his evil ways. Especially, now that he has been told an attack is coming, and he will have had plenty of time to cover his military assets.

But all of this is just a laughable attempt by the AP to try to explain why Obama hasn’t attacked Syria, and probably won’t any time soon. And you can be sure it’s not because Obama’s mouth has written checks that his bank account can’t cover. And it’s not because that the proof we have been told was ‘undeniable’ is not so undeniable, after all.

No, once again, events are conspiring against Obama. He isn’t lucky like George Bush, who never had to put up with any obstacles when he was President. Bush never had to face bad timing or even any ‘headwinds.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AP: How ‘Timing’ Is Keeping Obama From Acting”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    Hilarious! I could have guaranteed you that no strike would happen on the MLK speech anniversary, because I can remembe Jan.1991 when dems warned Bush 41 that he better not start bombing Saddam on MLK’s birthday….and unbelievably Bush waited until the day after. Somehow the democrats think our nations defense takes a back seat to birthdays and anniversaries.

  2. untrainable says:

    ‘Timing’ Is Keeping Obama From Acting. You don’t want to attack on days with a y in them. Oh, sorry. It’s haircut day. Oops, I’ll be out of town. ‘All Consuming Incompetence’ is keeping Obama from acting. There, that’s better.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Well said!

  4. Astravogel says:

    “Oh, I tried to make it Monday, but I got so damm depressed….”

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