When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? -- John Maynard Keynes

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Obama Unraveling Over Syria

"Far more damaging have been a series of disclosures that more subtly undermine Obama's claim that the Syria action will be quick and clean, punitive and tailored. Earlier this week the New York Times reported on doubts that the main weapon likely employed against Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Tomahawk cruise missile, would have a meaningful impact on the regime's chemical weapons facilities . . . " (source infra)

Putin sits and watches, quietly smirking.
Cameron is on the sidelines after being chained like a naughty dog by Parliament.
France, bankrupt but willing, offers little in the way of real military force.

Obama goes it alone, but is learning a lesson the hard way: the limits of power. Oh to be in the reality distortion field and bubble known as the Presidency, surrounded by hordes of aides, Secret Service personnel, and multitudes of government types telling you what they think you want to hear. So will Obama continue in his warmongering ways or revert to another Benghazi stand-down (hey, maybe now's the time to fly off to a political fund-raiser)?  Either way, he has already lost -- credibility, respect -- at home and abroad. And he and his administration look like fumbling, bumbling fools.

White House peeved at Pentagon leaks - POLITICO.com: "One top leader who has been publicly skeptical of the costs and dangers of getting involved in the Syrian civil war is Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey who offered a cost estimate of $1 billion per month for a no-fly zone and buffer-zone ground force during congressional testimony earlier this summer." (read more at link above)


The Big Picture

Financial Crisis - The Telegraph

JohnTheCrowd.com | The Sailing Website

Craig Newmark - craigconnects