Obama's plan for Syria? Keep asking

  • Article by: Dana Milbank , Washington Post
  • Updated: September 11, 2013 - 9:56 AM

What is the Obama administration plan in Syria?

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pumiceSep. 11, 1310:40 AM

What is the problem with changing one's plan in the face of new information and changing circumstances, Dana Milbank? As long as the USA has a consistent underlying principle--which in this case is "War should be the last option," I prefer listening and serious reflection to gut reaction and cowboy posturing.

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scubadoo68Sep. 11, 1311:09 AM

I don't agree with the use of force but have to agree with pumice. We need politicians that can change their mind given new information or even after being convinced their course of action is flawed. The latter takes a lot of face saving though.

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libsheepSep. 11, 1311:26 AM

Yes, Pumice, once can change his mind. The speech, disjointed at times, seemed to be a prelude to the vote by Congress, but he (the President) is postponing that in large part because he already knows the outcome. The saving grace for the President is the deal brokered by the Russians. If no deal had been reached, Congress would have voted down any resolution of military action, leaving the president in a quandary. What to do now that I've been told no by congress and basically by a majority of the American people? My guess is he would not have done the military strike - he said as much earlier last week. We will never know now that he has been let off the hook by the Russians.

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tmauelSep. 11, 1312:53 PM

Good to see the Star Tribune editorial board injecting some common sense into this debate. But I would add that it is a violation of international law to threaten a nation with the use of force as Noam Chonsky stated today in a report today on DemocracyNow.

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darkcircleSep. 11, 1312:55 PM

Dana Milbank: this was kind of an amateur article. The senate resolution tells you exactly what the President's plans are. After the senate resolution was presented, the senate floor held on the vote because Syria was cooperating in order to prevent the military terms and conditions of the senate resolution. I think your article is purposely trying to mix a chain of events for the benefit of raising eyebrows.

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rondbySep. 11, 1312:55 PM

Hey Pumice - putting a 'Red Line' statement out thier in the first place is an example of 'serious reflection' verses 'gut reaction and cowboy posturing'?

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kilofoxSep. 11, 13 3:22 PM

My question is why didn't Putin address the nation instead of Obama. Obama is clearly clueless and an embarrassment to our country. I'm not sure what is funnier. Those that claim that this was a foxy clever move to manipulate the Russians and Syrians. Or the people who believe it.

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guessagainSep. 11, 13 5:00 PM

kilofox: "I'm not sure what is funnier. Those that claim that this was a foxy clever move to manipulate the Russians and Syrians." Since it was Kerry's idea, my sense is that Obama won this round with a KO.

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badcopperSep. 11, 13 5:06 PM

“I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.” – President Obama, news conference in Stockholm, Sept. 4, 2013 “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.” – Obama, remarks to reporters, August 20, 2012

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badcopperSep. 11, 13 5:11 PM

"Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week - turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting (of it), but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done.". The State Department, however, would later walk back those comments, saying they were a "rhetorical argument" and not an actual proposal, adding that Assad "cannot be trusted" to take such action." Now they are claiming credit when Putin stepped up and schooled our president. I dont like our potus bring schooled by a despot.

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