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Obama: I’m Less Concerned About ‘Style Points’

From the Politico:

President Obama: ‘Less concerned about style points’

By BYRON TAU | September 15, 2013

President Barack Obama pushed back on Sunday against the notion that his administration had bungled the response to the Syrian crisis.

In a taped interview that aired a day after his administration hammered out a draft agreement with Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he is more worried about the substance of that agreement than the political optics.

Which is of course an obvious lie. All Obama is ever concerned about is the optics.

“I’m less concerned about style points, I’m much more concerned about getting the policy right,” Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “What I’ve said consistently throughout is that — the chemical weapons issue is a problem. I want that problem dealt with.” …

And Obama has ‘dealt with it’ by kicking the can down the road to the middle of 2014, if not into the infinite future.

“Folks here in Washington like to grade on style,” Obama said. “Had we rolled out something that was very smooth and disciplined and linear they would have graded it well, even if it was a disastrous policy.”

Instead it was zig-zagging and contradictory and even more of a disaster.

“We know that, ’cause that’s exactly how they graded the Iraq War until it ended up blowing [up] in our face,” Obama said.

What a disgusting person he is. The Iraq War was technically won once Saddam was overthrown. The only mistake was getting in the middle of a sectarian war, which is still going on. Which we are about to do again in Syria.

Obama also warned Iran — whose alleged nuclear program has been an ongoing issue for the international community — that it should not draw any lessons from the Syrian regime’s ability to avoid a military strike…

If the Syrian deal wasn’t such a debacle this would go without saying.

“Iranians understand that the nuclear issue is a far larger issue for us than the chemical weapons issue,” Obama said. The threat against Iran — against Israel — that a nuclear Iran poses, is much closer to our core interests. That a nuclear arms race in the region— is something that would be profoundly destabilizing.” …

So he’s drawing another red line.

Republicans — even those supportive of the military strikes against Syria — have accused the Obama administration of an unsteady diplomatic and military response to the rapidly unfolding situation in the Middle East. On Sunday, the GOP critics of the tentative deal called it a coup for the Russians — and their outspoken president, Vladimir Putin.

“I’m skeptical,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is a Russian plan for Russian interests. And we should be very, very concerned.”

The Michigan Republican said the Russians capitalized on Obama’s “indeciveness” with regards to his policies in Syria…

The Politico is confused. The New York Times says Republicans are hailing this deal as a great success for Obama.

From the New York Times:

G.O.P. Expresses Hope as Obama Praises Syria Deal

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR | September 15, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s Congressional critics expressed guarded optimism about an agreement reached with Russia over the weekend to seize and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, even as Mr. Obama hailed the diplomatic effort as a “foundation” that could lead to a political settlement in that country’s civil war…

In interviews on Sunday, lawmakers in Washington described the agreement as a risky one, with potential benefits for stability in the Middle East if it succeeds and huge risks for Mr. Obama — both abroad and at home — if it fails. Several senators said Mr. Obama would deserve credit for avoiding a military strike if the chemical weapons could be eliminated in the midst of a civil war.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who just days earlier had described Mr. Obama as seeming “uncomfortable” in the role of commander in chief, said the president may have turned a “muddled” and “clunky” foreign policy response into a tentative diplomatic win…

Another Republican, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, said… of Mr. Obama and his strategy… “I hope it works out. I truly do. If he succeeds with this framework, people have to give him credit.” …

You see? Everyone agrees Obama was brilliant here.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama: I’m Less Concerned About ‘Style Points’”

  1. untrainable says:

    Obama is the Maxwell Smart of Politics. No matter how badly he handles a situation, no matter how inept his actions, no matter how ineffectual his words, no matter how disconnected from reality he may be, he is still called “a top agent”. The only difference is that when Maxwell Smart screwed the pooch, someone else would always screw up and make Max look good. Obama on the other hand has no 99. He has no Chief. There is no agent 13 in the wall safe. When he screws the pooch, the pooch can only ask… is it in yet?

    Obama :
    “Syria, it’s too bad you used your weapons of mass destruction for evil instead of for niceness. We have you surrounded… there are ten thousand heavily armed troops ready to strike at a moment’s notice… wouldja believe it?? Ten thousand troops.”

    Putin :
    “I find that hard to believe.”

    Wouldja believe 500 lightly armed ninjas…


    How about 10 cub scouts with pea shooters?

    No bigger farce has ever been called president. The best description of Obama’s “style” is “Rumblin bumblin’ stumblin’ fumblin'”. It’s a good thing he doesn’t care about style points because the score would harken back to campaign days with a big fat zer0.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Obama, securing his ‘international deal’ with Putin, celebrates ..]


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