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September 12, 2013

The Mother of All Wishful Thinking


White House responds to Putin's NYT Editorial: “Putin is now fully invested in Syria’s CW (chemical weapons) disarmament,” a senior White House official told CNN's Jake Tapper.
"He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good. That’s the best possible reaction. He’s fully invested in Syria’s CW disarmament and that’s potentially better than a military strike – which would deter and degrade but wouldn’t get rid of all the chemical weapons. He now owns this. He has fully asserted ownership of it and he needs to deliver.”

I guess the White House is under the impression that Putin, like some affirmative-action freshman at a state college, is actually impressed by our current dent, instead of using him, as Putin has for over a week, as his personal hand puppet over a latex glove.

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From the school of "I placed my nose firmly between his teeth and threw him heavily to the ground on top of me".

Posted by: John Kidle at September 13, 2013 4:48 AM

So now it's "all Putin's fault."

We're governed by 5 year-olds.

Posted by: ahem at September 13, 2013 6:51 AM

Barak's just po'd cause he didn't fully invest the US into another endless mess, permit the deaths of more Americans, run the country deeper into its financial abyss and cause more turmoil in the Middle East.

Someone took his toys and won't let him play.

Posted by: Jack at September 13, 2013 7:44 AM

"Putin is now fully invested in Syria’s CW (chemical weapons) disarmament...." Yeah, and Obama is now fully invested in Putin’s CW (chemical weapons) ploy. Good luck with that.

Posted by: BillH at September 13, 2013 8:09 AM

Hey folks, the American people got what they deserved. A majority of them who showed up to vote put this guy in office TWICE. And if you look back at the process and all the anecdotal evidence, a whole lot of those who voted for him cannot claim that he had "fooled" them. They knew damn well what a craptastically inept fraud he was. For those of us who knew better from the get-go, and who believe that voting is supposed to be a serious matter, well, the culprits who allowed this to happen are all around us.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at September 13, 2013 9:42 AM

@Don R: True enough, as far as you go. Unfortunately, we're all still stuck with him, even those of us who now justifiably say "told you so". Whoever takes over in 2017 will inherit a much-weakened America. Having Putin waltz 0bama down the garden path is only the latest example.

Posted by: waltj at September 13, 2013 10:56 AM

Obama has always blamed someone else for when things go wrong, when he absolutly has to take blame he pulls out the "shared responsibility" crap.
However he did single-handedly capture bin Laden.

Posted by: Potsie at September 13, 2013 11:39 AM

I guess the WH is unaware of what is going on in personal and international relationships. A whole administration of Asperger's syndrome.

Posted by: Becky at September 13, 2013 1:33 PM

As Patches O'Hoolihan said: "It's like watching a bunch of retards trying to f*ck a doorknob."

Posted by: Mikey NTH at September 13, 2013 3:06 PM

Don Rodrigo has it right. Obama is not the real problem, he is the symptom. The real problem is the American electorate. I can only pray that they come to their senses.

I've heard commentators say that if we don't do something in Syria now we will be showing weakness. Well guys, that train left the station in 2008, if not before. I think most observers, particularly foreign leaders, realize that current events show Obama to be weak, and it's not quite correct to blame Americans for the "red line" nonsense. It isn't Obama's missteps that show America to be weak. It's the fact that we elected Obama (twice, even) that shows America to be weak. And undertaking action in Syria ain't gonna fix that. Lord knows what it will take to turn the American people around.

Posted by: Grizzly at September 13, 2013 7:56 PM

3 years,5 months or close (math is hard)
Please hang in there y'all
yeah, overly optimistic...

Posted by: Cletus Socrates at September 13, 2013 10:15 PM

Fully invested? You guys don't even know you've been played. But on the plus side, no one has to decide to make a decision or worse, actually do something.

Posted by: SteveS at September 14, 2013 12:23 AM

Jeebus H f*****g damn, this idiot "senior White House official" thinks he's dealing with Republicans.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at September 14, 2013 6:07 AM

"3 years,5 months or close "

I'm sorry, but Grizzly is right. It's not Obama or Hillary or whichever morally bankrupt hack with sweaty palms that they pick next. It's the electorate, and the process by which we elevate them to office.
And we are doing nothing to fix that process. Nothing.

Posted by: John the River at September 15, 2013 10:35 AM

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