Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Obama's Syrian Waffle

Peggy Noonan wrote, "The president has backed away from a military strike in Syria. But he can't acknowledge this or act as if it is true. He is acting and talking as if he's coolly, analytically, even warily contemplating the Russian proposal and the Syrian response. The proposal, he must know, is absurd. 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."

To which Jim Geraghty of NRO added:

A lot of things "dissipate into the air like gas" with this administration. Benghazi. Fast & Furious. The IRS targeting the Tea Party. The Department of Justice collecting the phone records of the Associated Press. Attorney General Eric Holder's potential perjury. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius shaking down health-care companies for 'contributions' to promote Obamacare. The General Service administration's wasteful spending scandal. The demonization and incarceration of the guy who made the YouTube video, and the use of him as a scapegoat for Benghazi. The NSA's domestic-surveillance programs. Huma Abedin doing private-sector consulting work while working for Hillary Clinton at the State Department.

There's never any damn accountability with this bunch.