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The AP Frets: ‘Obama Heads Into The Lion’s Den’

From a terribly concerned Associated Press:

Obama heads into the lion’s den in Russia

By JOSH LEDERMAN | September 5, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading into the lion’s den of Russia, confronting Syria’s key patron as well as foreign leaders skeptical of his call for an international military strike against Bashar Assad’s government.

Poor Obama. Brave Obama. And notice that the news media still insist this is all about him. Even though he claims it isn’t.

By the way, isn’t this lion’s den of Obama’s own making? (Unless there are a lot of racists in the G-20.)

Obama on Thursday began a two-day visit to St. Petersburg for the Group of 20 economic summit, putting him in the same country as Edward Snowden for the first time since the American fugitive fled to Moscow earlier this year.

Sheesh. It’s a wonder the AP didn’t mention that it’s also the same country with persecuted homosexuals.

Both Syria and Snowden have been sore points in an already strained U.S.-Russian relationship, fueling the notion that Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin just can’t get along.

Except that we know that neither of those subjects is the real problem. The real problem is Putin’s treatment of gays.

The White House went out of its way to say Obama, who arrived Thursday after a quick flight from Stockholm, would not meet one-on-one with the Russian leader while in St. Petersburg. Instead, Obama will meet on the summit’s sidelines with the leaders of France, China and Japan…

And homosexual activists. (Is the AP homophobic? Why are they leaving the gays out?)

In an ironic twist for Obama, the nation hosting the summit is also the nation most forcefully obstructing Obama’s path to an international consensus. Russia has provided critical military and financial backing for Assad and has leveraged its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to keep a resolution condemning Syria from getting off the ground.

Hopefully, Obama has packed Hillary’s ‘reset button.’

At the same time, Obama has had little success enticing individual nations to join the effort…

‘Little success’ meaning no success, given that even the French are having cold feet. Apparently, the world has drawn a red line regarding the US attacking Syria, and they are warning Obama not to cross it.

Further complicating Obama’s efforts to present a united front is the raging debate in Congress over whether to approve a strike — a debate Obama invited when he abruptly decided Saturday to seek congressional approval amid deep concerns from both parties. Some lawmakers view Obama as trying to preserve his own credibility after issuing an ultimatum to Assad last year against using chemical weapons.

"My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line," Obama said Wednesday at news conference in Stockholm…

If you have to announce that your ‘credibility is not on the line,’ your credibility is on the line.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “The AP Frets: ‘Obama Heads Into The Lion’s Den’”

  1. Astravogel says:

    More like the Bears Den. The Lions Den was in Abyssinia.

  2. captstubby says:

    “President John F. Kennedy was brutally honest about what would prove to be one of the worst performances of an American leader with his leading global counterpart of his time – his two-day summit with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
    The extent of Vienna Summit’s failure would not be as easy to measure as the Bay of Pigs fiasco six weeks earlier.
    There would be no dead, CIA-supported exile combatants in a misbegotten landing area, who had risked their lives on the expectation that Kennedy and the United States would not abandon them.

    A little more than two months after Vienna, the Soviet would oversee the construction of the Berlin Wall. That, in turn, would be followed in October 1962 by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Already in Vienna Kennedy was distraught that Khrushchev, assuming that he was weak and indecisive, might engage in the sort of “miscalculation” that could lead to the threat of nuclear war. He didn’t know then that his prediction would become prophesy.
    Kennedy carried with him from Vienna to London, for his follow-up meeting with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, the Khrushchev aide-memoire delivered in Vienna that detailed the Soviet demands for a German settlement within six months, “or else.” If the Soviets made it public, as Kennedy had to assume they would, his critics would accuse him of having walked into a Berlin trap in Vienna that he should have seen coming.
    Before leaving Vienna himself, Kennedy met in a private room, behind closed blinds, at the U.S. ambassador’s residence with New York Times columnist James “Scotty” Reston. He wanted to get across to Reston the seriousness of the situation, and then use him as a conduit to paint a grim picture for the American people. He spoke to Reston in the tone of the confessional.
    Kennedy wore a hat pulled low on his forehead as he sunk into the sofa. It would be one of the most candid sessions ever between a reporter and a commander-in-chief.
    “How was it?” asked Reston.
    “Worst thing in my life,” said Kennedy. “He savaged me.”
    Reston jotted in his notebook: “Not the usual bullshit. There is a look a man has when he has to tell the truth.”
    “I’ve got two problems,” Kennedy told Reston. “First, to figure out why he did it, and in such a hostile way. And second, to figure out what we can do about it.”
    Because of the Bay of Pigs, Kennedy said, Khrushchev “thought that anyone who was so young and inexperienced as to get into that mess could be taken. And anyone who got into it and didn’t see it through had no guts. So he just beat the hell out of me…I’ve got a real problem.”
    Reston rightly concluded in his New York Times report, which carefully protected his source, that Kennedy “was astonished by the rigidity and the toughness of the Soviet leader.” He said Kennedy “definitely got the impression that the German question was going to be a very near thing.”

    The worst day of JFK’s life
    By Frederick Kempe
    May 27, 2011

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    It offends me and I protest the AP associating president peon with the prophet Daniel who was tossed into a lion’s den because of the jealousy of others who could find no fault in him, and because he refused to stop worshiping and praying to Almighty God.

    As SG points out, L’il Hussein created this situation and only thinks himself worthy of worship.

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