Right wing media have had a grand time bashing President Obama for his Syria policy, and then this happens —
The United States and Russia reached a sweeping agreement on Saturday that called for Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by the middle of 2014 and indefinitely stalled the prospect of American airstrikes.
Was this the plan all along? Hell if I know. However, I do believe it’s in the ball park of what the President really wanted all along. A lot could go wrong, of course, but this is the best possible outcome for everybody.
So how many right-wing feet did this announcement leave in right-wing mouths? Well, Mark Steyn’s, for one. He’s got an overwritten and nearly incoherent column floating out in cyberspace titled “American Ineffectualism,” in which he praises Vladamir Putin and ridicules our President.
But, m’loves, in the end, who blinked?
I agree the White House has been less than a fortress of iron resolve over the past few days. Instead, the President and John Kerry have been, shall we say, flexible in the face of changing developments, and eventually got to where they wanted, albeit in an inelegant way. Compare/contrast to our previous POTUS, who was all about displays of iron resolve, and who got us bogged down in Iraq.
I’m saying the iron resolve thing is way overrated. What matters is results.
See also Steve M.
We’re here because Obama threatened an attack and because Putin thinks that threat is credible. He’s pounding his chest like a Russian Donald Trump and that makes all the right-wing and centrist insiders in America get tingles up their legs, but he wanted an out, and now here we are.