Obama’s Missteps On Syria Lead To Retreat

30. The House plans to be in session only six working days before the deadline, and already Boehner and Cantor have delayed a vote on a spending proposal amid opposition by fellow Republicans who want the party to take a tougher stand against funding Obamas health-care law. Also, Syria hasnt gone away and could complicate deal-making. Syria still has potential of dominating a significant part of the legislative agenda from here on out, said Democratic strategist Jim Manley , a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid . To a significant degree, its a timing issue. Debt Limit Along with grappling with the 2014 budget, within weeks both sides also will need to find a way to stave off a possible government default as the nation reaches its borrowing limit . Obama also needs to woo Republican support for Senate confirmation of his eventual pick to lead the Federal Reserve , a process that could begin as early as this month.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-12/obama-syria-reversal-sets-stage-for-fights-with-congress.html

Iran sees that the United States is a reluctant power, with a timid and polarized legislature, that can easily be deflected from action by transparent maneuvers. Other than this, twas a famous victory. The speech was left to encompass a contradiction. The president wished to reassert his credibility while engaging in a forced concession. So the beginning and end were an argument for limited military strikes based on an appeal to American exceptionalism.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/michael-gerson-obamas-missteps-on-syria-lead-to-retreat/2013/09/11/e6fec8de-1b1d-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html

Obama’s message on Syria: Look the other way or accept moral duty?

Syria is a charnel house, an inferno of despair visit our website and America is the only nation on the face of the earth that can do anything significant to limit the suffering. After our history of ill-fated wars and hyperbolic claims, we may not choose to take up that burden. We may decide that our problems are too grave at home for another bout of international altruism. We may decide that the evidence of Syrian chemical attacks is too ambiguous, or we may distrust Obama too much to believe that a military operation would change things for the better. But no American should be blind to the reality that we have made a choice. We have decided to stay on the sidelines and hope for the best.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama%E2%80%99s-message-on-syria–look-the-other-way-or-accept-moral-duty–131303120.html

Obama in the eyes of the Israeli press

Seattle resident Carl Rainey, 69, a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam, said he still feels the country made large mistakes with its involvement in Vietnam and the more recent Iraq war. He’d like to see the U.S. avoid military action in Syria. “We need to find another solution to doing things,” Rainey said. In part, he thinks more countries should be involved in discussions about how to handle Syria in order to advance a more united solution. That potential option gained momentum as leaders discussed the possibility of putting Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/obama-ally-congress-grapples-syria-plan-20231548

Obama Ally in Congress Grapples With Syria Plan

But hes not faring much better in the United States closest ally in the region Israel. A review of Israeli media by POLITICO shows a few clear story lines: Vladimir Putin has outplayed the president; Iran is strengthened; and Obama is a weak leader that Israel may no longer be able to count on to help stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. On the front page of Tuesdays Israel Hayom, a neoconservative paper, the banner headline read Russian Roulette. Maariv, a center-right paper, ran a cartoon over the weekend of Putin as a cat prowling around Obama who had been drawn as a little bird in a cage. The left-leaning Haaretz ran a series of cartoons featuring Obama and Putin with one, titled Scapegoat showing Obama unsuccessfully chasing a chicken with the face of Bashar al-Assad while Putin looks on. The lead story on many Israeli newspapers and websites on Wednesday – after Obamas speech to the nation – focused on a potential deal between Russia and Iran that would supply missile systems to Iran and help it build a second nuclear reactor. Irans President, Hassan Rowhani, is set to meet Putin on Friday during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Kyrgyzstan.
Source: http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/09/obama-in-the-eyes-of-the-israeli-press-172362.html

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