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Obama to give greatest speech EVAH on Syria, 1:15PM EST in the Rose Garden

Why, that's fifteen minutes from now!

Some Senators have been briefed, and telling somebody something sometime is as good as a declaration of war any day. Otherwise, we go the way of the Brits, and who wants that?

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He's late. Of course.

Obama to speak on Syria at 1:15PM EDT from Rose Garden. But so far as I can tell, it hasn't started yet. Suspense!

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And then the crown...

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Porgy and Mudhead in High School Madness:

Porgy: Hold it! Hey! Hold it down, kids. Don't get excited.

El Dorado: Who's excited?

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Rumors: Obama's on the phone. Obama's going to put it to a vote. Protester noise carrying through. The active Obama simulacrum stripped a gear and they've got to boot up a new one because the grinding would be audible on the live feed. Putin is offering him asylum. "I just got the wrong day."

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Oh, that was it. They had to decant Joe Biden.

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It will be fun to watch all the "progressives" whipped into line on this.

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So Obama says something dumb and ties his own hands ("red line"), and so some poor Syrian schlubs are gonna get whacked because "surgical" isn't surgical and "precision" isn't "precision." It's a funny old world. And now, of course, Obama's credibility is worse than ever before, because it it's all that "Because I said so" simple, how did everything get so complicated?

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jo6pac's picture
Submitted by jo6pac on

can't watch him unless there is a drinking game involved. Please let me know how it turns out.

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Submitted by athena1 on

The whipping of progressives from the "professional left" began the day before yesterday, at least in my district.

Doesn't seem to be working at all on the unwashed masses, but I'm guessing this is what the admin phone conferences with the congress critters was about. While none of little people support bombing Syria, this doesn't seem to be something people are so pissed off about that we/they are willing to work to fire the reps over if they vote "wrong" here. It's hard to get super-enthusiastic about supporting what's been painted as "siding with killing children with sarin gas."

Sweet Jesus, this stuff is depressing.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

The good news is now 0 can say congresscritters made me do it one of his favorite lines. Then apic is reminding all of the bought congresscritters how to vote. Works for everyone except the citizens of Syria.

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Submitted by Martin Finnucane on

Obama punts to Congress, expecting Congress to give him the green light to atomize some brown skin people on the other side of the world. Congress does so, then in the not too distant future, it comes out that we suffered a WMD's in Iraq type "intelligence failure." Then Obama can say "well, Congress was briefed too, and dern it, turns out we were all mistaken." Get it - not lying, but mistaken. Meanwhile, the Syrian govt's recent military gains are neutralized, and the civil war grinds on for a few years longer, per the script.

OTOH, maybe Congress doesn't authorize the strikes. That's ok too, since at the least Obama doesn't have to explain how he lied to get us into a war. The current lies get lost in the next news cycle.

These scenarios are predicated on the premise that (1) the Asad forces didn't really gas Ghouta; (2) the "intelligence" which "proves" otherwise is a fabrication; (3) Obama knows it; and, (4) Obama is increasingly aware that the fabrication is quickly unraveling and will not last through a prolonged military engagement.

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Submitted by athena1 on

Similar to the way a smart trial attorney won't ask a question without knowing the answer in advance, and likewise how pharmaceutical companies generally won't sponsor clinical trials in ways not virtually certain to prove what they already know, I'm assuming the admin would not be punting to Congress if they didn't already know roughly what to expect. Cynical as that sounds. I would LOVE to be wrong here, though.

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Submitted by Martin Finnucane on

Xactly. Not cynical, if that's a bad thing. But true. Remember back in '08 when the Obots were praising their guy because he was "smart", not like that stupid Bush? Well, they're right, Obama is smart, and woe be unto us. Actually, I think Obama painted himself into a corner on this one, but his Congressional gambit makes the best of a bad thing (from his perspective.) They didn't make him editor of the Law Review for nothing.

For all that, I hate this world we've made, that we've been given. I want out.

Submitted by lambert on

Hilariously, the loony right has been correct on the bailouts, the Fourth Amendment, and a war vote on Syria, while the Democrats (with rare exceptions, none in the leadership) totally suck.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

Why can't he get away with this one? Clinton v. Kerry? Susan Rice ? Will she get the boot?

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Groucho Marx

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

These people are deciding about starting a war. From crazy looking to wtf? Syriaadvisors

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Groucho Marx