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Played As Idiots?
The Address To The Nation
- Transcript: President Obama's Address To The Nation On Syria--NPR
Transcript of President Obama's Sept. 10 speech on the situation in Syria.
Losing by Winning?
On September 10, 2013, President Obama addressed the American people on the state of the situation in Syria. In the days and hours leading up to that speech, Russia announced it had worked out a skeletal deal with the Syrian regime,
The President's address seemed to lay out the case for limited intervention in Syria, but no deployment of troops. But the President also announced that he was putting his efforts to win Congressional approval on standby. This was proving to be a hard sell, with opposition coming from both sides of the aisle.
This decsion was hailed by the anti-war, anti-imperilalist, as a victory. I cannot argue that it is, but I have to wonder at what cost it may have come down the road.
The main issue is that this makes the United States, and Obama, look weak. A President who faces division and resistance from the base of his own party, even in efforts to avoid the mistakes of the past. Russia, an ally of Syria, comes out looking like the stronger power. It also creates the idea of the proverbial fox watching the chickens. The plan Russia proposes also currently lacks any punishment should Assad break the agreement.
Also, this seems to show a divide between the President and his activist base. MoveOn.org and other groups that have stood behind Obama, were now standing against him. Now it could be argued that this shows that we are not blind followers of our leaders the way the Republican Party was during the "War on Terror". I could see in 2014 and 2016 a lot of Democrats staying home.
In the 1960's, someone from the old Soviet Union called the anti-war protestors "useful idiots". People like Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Rand Paul may see the current opponents of action in Syria the same way.