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September 10, 2013

"The Speech" "like gas."


All this is going to make the president’s speech tonight quite remarkable. It will be a White House address in which a president argues for an endeavor he is abandoning. It will be a president appealing for public support for an action he intends not to take.

Bashar Assad isn’t going to give up all his hidden weapons in wartime,
in the middle of a conflict so bitter and severe that his forces this morning reportedly bombed parts of Damascus, the city in which he lives. In such conditions his weapons could not be fully accounted for, packed up, transported or relinquished, even if he wanted to. But it will take time—weeks, months—for the absurdity to become obvious. And it is time the president wants. Because with time, with a series of statements, negotiations, ultimatums, promises and proposals, the Syria crisis can pass. It can dissipate into the air, like gas. The president will keep the possibility of force on the table, but really he’s lunging for a lifeline he was lucky to be thrown.... A serious foreign-policy intellectual said recently that Putin’s problem is that he’s a Russian leader in search of a Nixon, a U.S. president he can really negotiate with, a stone player who can talk grand strategy and the needs of his nation, someone with whom he can thrash it through and work it out. Instead he has Obama, a self-besotted charismatic who can’t tell the difference between showbiz and strategy, and who enjoys unburdening himself of moral insights to his peers. Making Sense of Syria - Peggy Noonan's Blog - WSJ

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 10, 2013 5:51 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I cannot take anything Peggy Noonan says with any sort of seriousness. She is the poster child for the class of elites that foisted this debacle of a president upon us.. She jumped the shark a long time ago in my opinion.

Posted by: Bill Henry at September 10, 2013 7:14 PM

REgardless of who Noonan is and what she may have done (and I agree she is culpable here) the fact remains that, if you didn't know wo wrote it, would it make an impression on you. I think the answer is yes.

Posted by: vanderleun at September 10, 2013 7:39 PM

Agree. Had to check the by line a few times.

Posted by: TmjUtah at September 10, 2013 7:58 PM

Its a pundit's job to know and see this stuff early on, not 6 years down the road. If all you understand is what everyone else does in hindsight, what use are you in that position?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 10, 2013 9:24 PM

Peggy you ignorant cunt...

Posted by: Casca at September 10, 2013 11:17 PM

Ik lees blogs (zoals deze) om verschillende redenen. Ik commentaar op een aantal van hen, omdat:

Posted by: Selina Lomack at December 10, 2013 11:04 AM

Prima di tutto, il mio valore permettere famiglia di comando di una persona durante questa materia. Anche se questo è certamente nuova, tuttavia poco dopo la registrazione del sito, questo intelletto è esploso ampiamente. Consenti a tutti noi di prendere in mano la propria RSS per aiutare a mantenere in contatto con i messaggi a tutti i probabili Sincere capire, ma si dia ad aiutare ammiratori e il mio singoli sono i membri che vivono

Posted by: Will Wyman at December 25, 2013 11:22 PM

Ich bin gerade erst anfangen, um wieder in meine techy selbst! Die Armee hat wirklich versucht, es zu vernichten aus mir heraus ... sondern etwas über Computer / Biotech / Healthcare tech ... Ich kann sie nicht allein lassen! Ich versuche, wieder lernen, all das Neue

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