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Good Self-Awarenss

In a related story [see post below]:

This will not go over well for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
According to the new book “Double Down,” in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes.

Peter Hamby of The Washington Post reported the moment in his review of the book.

The claim by the commander-in-chief is as indisputable as it is grim.

Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO’s 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and drone strikes that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader and a senior member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab this week.

His administration also expanded the drone war: There have been 326 drone strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and several in Somalia, compared to a total of 52 under George Bush.

Furthermore, the disturbing trend of the “double tap” — bombing the same place in quick succession and often hitting first responders — has become common practice.

Needless to say, a lot of innocent people have been killed along with combatants.

I didn’t know about the “double tap”, did you? But it’s true:

Late in the evening on 6 June this year an unmanned drone was flying high above the Pakistani village of Datta Khel in north Waziristan.

As the drone circled it let off the first of its Hellfire missiles, slamming into a small house and reducing it to rubble. When residents rushed to the scene of the attack to see if they could help they were struck again.

According to reports at the time, three local rescuers were killed by a second missile whilst a further strike killed another three people five minutes later. In all, somewhere between 17 and 24 people are thought to have been killed in the attack.

BOO-YAH!

He sure is good at killing people! But everyone’s a critic these days:

“These strikes are becoming much more common,” Mirza Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer who represents victims of drone strikes, told The Independent. “In the past it used to be a one-off, every now and then. Now almost every other attack is a double tap. There is no justification for it.”

By the way, these are the same reporters who wrote Game Change, about the 2008 election. I can’t wait to see the HBO movie of this new book, in which Morgan Freeman (have you seen Obama’s gray hair?) plays the great man boasting what a bad ass he is. Date night.

PS: If this is true, our president is a sick [bleep].

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Saving President Obama From Himself

The Butcher of the Beltway has been disarmed:

The United States and Russia reached an agreement Thursday on a plan to seize Syria’s chemical weapons in a move the Obama administration deemed a diplomatic breakthrough, even though the resolution stops short of triggering military action should Syria fail to comply.

U.S. officials said the resolution deems Syria’s chemical arsenal a threat to international peace and security and makes it legally binding for President Bashar Assad’s government to comply with an expedited plan to hand over the weapons to international authorities for destruction.

The tricky part, however, is in language about what happens should Syria fail to fulfill its end of the deal, which includes refraining from the use or transport of chemical weapons, and allowing international authorities unfettered access to related facilities.

U.S. negotiators gave up the demand of military force, authorized under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, as a consequence for noncompliance, compromising with the Russians on softer wording that says the Security Council would be “authorized to impose measures under Chapter 7,” according to diplomats and news reports.

That means no punitive measures would kick in automatically. Instead, chemical weapons authorities would have to report any alleged violations to the Security Council, which would have to determine whether Syria had in fact failed to comply with the resolution. And even after that, the Security Council would have to agree on the appropriate punishment under Chapter 7, which allows for measures other than military action.

Translation: The mechanism for responding to alleged noncompliance gives Assad’s chief ally, Russia, at least two opportunities to block punitive consequences at the Security Council.

A puzzled world looks at the emptiness of the White House and wonders “what was that all about?” As do the vacant eyes of the gassed dead.

Of whom there may be many more:

U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Syria are investigating seven cases of alleged chemical or biological weapons use, including three incidents around Damascus after the August 21 attack which almost triggered U.S. air strikes.

I love the use of “almost”. Almost the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. We shall pay almost any price, bear almost any burden, meet almost any hardship, support almost any friend.

Too bad Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Glen Doherty didn’t “almost” die.

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Rip Van Wrinkle

It’s as if John Kerry fell asleep and woke up 20 days later:

America’s top diplomat pressed hard Thursday for international action in Syria in the wake of last month’s chemical weapons attack, saying “the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to act next week” given a report he says shows Syria’s government is culpable.

Speaking ahead of next week’s U.N. General Assembly, in which world leaders and diplomats convene in New York, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “the complete removal of Syria’s chemical weapons is possible here, through peaceful means.” But urgency is needed, he added, saying, “Time is short. Let’s not spend time debating what we already know.”

God, isn’t that just like a Democrat? How often does Obama say “the time for debate is over”?

And what does that look like, the UN Security Council “acting”? Haven’t they been acting all along?

Anyway, not everyone agrees on what we already know:

Moscow has described the U.N. report as “distorted,” with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov telling Russia Today it was built on insufficient information.

In the same interview, Ryabkov said Syria has provided evidence — which Russia is studying — that implicates rebels carried out the attack.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday stressed that opposition fighters may have done so in order to provoke an international response. Material has been taken from the Syrian army, he added.

Yet, without mentioning any country or group in particular, Kerry said Thursday that such theories distracted from a critical need for the international community to act quickly and decisively in Syria.

It may be a “theory”, but it’s the theory held by a key member of the Security Council. What makes Kerry think they will “act” next week—or any time before the Rapture?

But ultimately, haven’t all relevant parties already acted? Presidents Obama and Putin have an agreement in place. Syria is “cooperating” as much as it ever has (which is saying nothing). I thought Obama had already declared victory. What’s Kerry bleating on about?

I’m sorry about the dead Syrians, but they’re not going to get any deader. Obama and Kerry already screwed up an immediate punitive retaliation. What’s the hurry now?

“We really don’t have time today,” the secretary of state said, “to pretend that anyone can have their own set of facts.”

Don’t tell me. Tell him.

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Which Narrative D’Ya Read?

We have President Obama to thank for his “I’m rubber, you’re glue” foreign policy:

A Russian official has claimed to have received evidence of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian rebels, and dismissed a UN report suggesting the Syrian regime used poison gas as unreliable.

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also slammed a UN report on an August 21 chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital Damascus, which killed over 1,000 people, as “politicized and one-sided.” The report – which concluded that Sarin gas had been used in the attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb – did not explicitly apportion blame for the attack, but western leaders claimed it was proof that the Assad regime was indeed behind the deadly attack.

But Ryabov rejected the report’s reliability, saying that inspectors only examined evidence of the August 21 attack, and ignored three previous incidents of alleged chemical weapons use.

He also claimed to have been handed evidence by the Syrian government which pointed to the use of chemical weapons by rebel forces.

Did not! Did too!

It hardly matters anymore does it? All we know for sure is that Russia is kicking sand in President Obama’s face. HE’s from Hawaii; probably happened all the time.

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At Least He’s Not Bush!

Mr. Feith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, served 2001-05 as U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy.

Bashar Assad may have pulled off the most successful use of chemical weapons in history. For the two years leading up to the Aug. 21 Damascus sarin gas attack, President Obama was saying that the Syrian dictator “must go.” No longer. In one month, Assad has risen from outlaw butcher to partner in disarmament.

America’s Syria policy today focuses not on mass murder, or on the metastasizing humanitarian and refugee crisis, or on combating the interests of Iran and its Hezbollah proxies in keeping Assad in power. Rather, with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s help, U.S. policy under President Obama is concentrating on chemical-weapons disarmament.

Secretary of State John Kerry labors to enlist Assad in an arms-control project even while alleging that the dictator has used nerve gas in violation of Syria’s obligations under the 1925 Geneva Protocol. U.S. policy is not to oust the Assad regime or even to encourage the Syrian people to do so. President Obama has now created a U.S. interest in preserving Assad in power.

This means Assad must stay, not go, for he is needed to negotiate and implement an arrangement to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. The arrangement, if successfully negotiated, will take years to implement. Arms control evidently means never having to say you’re sorry.

Many great artists made the Nazis funny: Mel Brooks, Jack Benny, Charlie Chaplin, Hogan’s Heroes—the Hitler in the bunker YouTube meme. But only Barack Obama and John Kerry could make sarin nerve gas a knee-slapper.

But pay no mind: the author worked for BUSH. He’s a war criminal himself.

Meanwhile, the Syrian rebels are exasperated and mistrustful, having seen Washington dangle the prospect of U.S. military strikes, only to back away. The Iranians are drawing comforting lessons about the lengths that the Obama administration will go to avoid military action in the Middle East. The Russians have been promoted from reprehensible accomplices in Assad’s evil to indispensable peace negotiators—while they remain accomplices to that evil.

What lesson will dictators around the world derive from all this? They will see that there is enormous utility in creating a chemical-weapons arsenal, and even in using such weapons. Sarin gas, VX, anthrax and the like can be valuable for intimidating one’s enemies, foreign and domestic, and for killing them. They can then be traded away at a very high price under the right circumstances. They can serve as a lifesaver for a dictator on the skids.

Clever dictators will realize that they can barter their chemical-weapons arsenals to buy time to crush an insurrection and then rebuild the arsenal after the population has been pacified.

This is what comes of focusing on what Mr. Obama legalistically calls the “international norms” barring chemical weapons use.

Now that I’ve wiped the tears of laughter from my eyes (chortle) and massaged my aching sides (snort), let me conclude soberly. Ahem… it’s bad enough that we chose this—twice. We still would. President Obama has burdened us with a suffocating health care bureaucracy, an economy with congestive heart failure, a brief flirtation with Islamic fundamentalists in Egypt, four dead Americans in Libya… and the Syrian cluster[bleep] as the hit in his act… and America would still return him to office.

Never mind why for now. Just sit back and enjoy. I hear Al Qaeda is working on weaponizing smallpox to slaughter billions of people. Just kidding—but don’t tell me you didn’t crack a smile at the thought!

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Okay, Syria, This Time We Mean It [UPDATE]

No more “splitting” mommy and daddy. You gas one more kid, and we go straight to the UN.

May God have mercy on your soul if we do:

Russia and the United States announced Saturday that they have reached a groundbreaking deal on a framework to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.

The announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sets out a series of steps the Syria government must follow.

It must submit within one week a comprehensive list of its chemical weapons stockpile, Kerry said. International inspectors must be on the ground no later than November, he said.

If Syria does not comply with the procedures to eliminate its chemical weapons, the threat of force will be included in a U.N. Security Council resolution, Kerry said. “We’ve committed to impose measures under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Security Council,” he said.

Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter leaves open the ultimate possibility for the Security Council to consider the use of force if Syria fails to comply.

Stop it! All those “musts” and ultimate “possibilities” are upsetting Mrs. Assad!

Turn that frown upside down, Asma. (Why don’t you turn your whole self upside down?) Ain’t nothing gonna happen:

That’s not to say all of the many outstanding issues on Syria’s chemical weapons have been resolved.

Senior U.S. administration officials told reporters on condition of not being identified the main sticking point was what consequences al-Assad and his government should face over their alleged chemical weapons use.

These officials have no expectations Russia would agree to any U.N. resolution that included authorization for possible military force against Syria. The United States, therefore, will not insist it be included.

That runs counter to Obama’s call for the international community to take action, including a potential military strike, for what the United States and allies call a chemical weapons attack by al-Assad’s forces last month outside Syria’s capital that they say killed more than 1,400 people.

Obama has threatened to act alone, if necessary, and his administration credits that threat with Russia’s surprise proposal last week to have Syria turn over its chemical weapons arsenal to international control.

Outside of the United Nations, however, administration officials insisted they would not take the military threat off the table.

A senior defense official said there has been “no change” in the military’s planning or readiness levels and commanders have not been instructed to change their “posture” in any way.

So, we’re “posturing” over the use of force, agreeing to it within the framework of the UN, while knowing full well the Russians will never allow it. We’re also threatening to use force without the UN’s blessing—which it seems doubtful Congress will allow. But President Obama says he doesn’t need Congress either. On this momentous day we have agreed with the Russians on a joint proposal to do bugger-all, which is where we were yesterday. And the day before that.

So, fear not, admired Asma, you have until November at least, and likely far, far beyond to shop and improve the surroundings of any place you occupy. Food for thought, no?

I would surrender to her fingernails or ear lobes. What a dame!

UPDATE
As always, Mark Steyn nails it… and I want to cry:

A month ago, Assad was a reviled war criminal and Putin his arms dealer. Now, Putin is the honest broker and Obama’s partner for peace, and the war criminal is at the negotiating table with his chances of survival better than they’ve looked in a year. On the same day the U.S. announced it would supply the Syrian rebels with light arms and advanced medical kits, Russia announced it would give Assad’s buddies in Iran the S-300 ground-to-air weapons system and another nuclear reactor.

Putin has pulled off something incredible: He’s gotten Washington to anoint him as the international community’s official peacemaker, even as he assists Iran in going nuclear and keeping their blood-soaked Syrian client in his presidential palace. Already, under the “peace process,” Putin and Assad are running rings around the dull-witted Kerry, whose Botoxicated visage embodies all too well the expensively embalmed state of the superpower.

My kids don’t believe me, but this was a great country, once. In their lifetime. But how could they believe me?

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Syria Fatigue

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting to the point of not giving a [bleep] whether we do or we don’t bomb the damn place. Wearing my ass out.

So, now I just want to have some fun with the story:

A statement issued Friday by a bare majority of the G20 — 11 of its 20 members — said that “the evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime.”

I guess that “evidence” wasn’t so “clear” to everyone, was it?

Putin said the leaders in St. Petersburg were split nearly “50-50″ over whether to intervene militarily.

He said that action against Syria without U.N. Security Council approval would be illegal. Russia and China, which has also opposed military intervention in Syria, have veto power.

Citing Security Council “paralysis” on the issue, Obama said countries should be willing to act without the council’s authorization.

“If we are serious about upholding a ban on chemical weapons use, then an international response is required, and that will not come through Security Council action.”

But he said he was encouraged by the discussions in St. Petersburg. “There’s a growing recognition that the world cannot stand idly by,” Obama said.

A growing recognition: maybe tomorrow 12 countries will sign his worthless piece of paper.

Hey, I’m really sorry the Syrians got gassed (if they got gassed—I wouldn’t mind actually seeing the inspectors’ report), but this is great theater. Obama is like Nick Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with donkey head. As with the weaver of the play, we should call this “‘Bottom’s Dream’, because it hath no Bottom”.

Just an ass.

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You’we Unduh Allest!

I apologize profusely for the cheap, offensive, racist humor in the title of this post. But cheap, offensive, and racist describe the UN itself!

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defense or with Security Council authorization, remarks that appear to question the legality of US plans to strike Syria without UN backing

He also suggested that a US attack could lead to further turmoil in conflict-ravaged Syria, where the United Nations says over 100,000 people have been killed in the country’s 2-1/2-year civil war.

Ban was speaking to reporters after President Barack Obama won the backing of two top Republicans in Congress in his call for limited US strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

“The use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations charter and/or when the Security Council approves of such action,” Ban said. “That is a firm principle of the United Nations.”

Article 51 is one of my favorite articles. Maybe second only to Article 38. And Article 43 is a doozy too. Send in your favorites!

Besides, Detective Ban is on the job:

Ban said that samples and other evidence taken at the site of the attack in the suburbs of Damascus the United States says killed over 1,400 people, many of them children, would arrive at European laboratories on Wednesday. Ban told diplomats last week that analysis of those samples could take two weeks.

The United Nations has received at least 14 reports of possible chemical weapons use in Syria. After months of diplomatic wrangling, the UN experts, led by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, arrived in Syria on Aug. 18 with a 14-day mandate to look for evidence.

The UN team was initially going to look into three incidents, but its priority became the Aug. 21 attack. The inspectors have also been looking into Syrian allegations that the rebels used chemical weapons three times last month against the Syrian army – allegations that Washington has dismissed.

Ban said Sellstrom’s team would return to Syria to continue its investigation as soon as possible. The UN team will only determine whether chemical weapons were used, not who used them.

The UN’s utter uselessness is almost enough to bend my support toward President Obama. Almost. If I could find a way to oppose Obama’s call for pointless action, while also opposing Ban’s insistence on pointed inaction, that would be my way: don’t just stand there, do nothing!

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His Dinner With “Hitler”

Well, not really “Hitler”. Maybe it wasn’t really “dinner”:

An astonishing photograph of John Kerry having a cozy and intimate dinner with Bashar al-Assad has emerged at the moment the U.S Secretary of State is making the case to bomb the Syrian dictator’s country and remove him from power.

Kerry, who compared Assad to Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein yesterday, is pictured around a small table with his wife Teresa Heinz and the Assads in 2009.

Assad and Kerry, then a Massachusetts senator, lean in towards each other and appear deep in conversation as their spouses look on.

A waiter is pictured at their side with a tray of green drinks, believed to be lemon and crushed mint.

How refreshing!

While President Barack Obama has softened his military threat against Syria by putting the question to Congress and guaranteeing at least a week’s delay, Kerry remains outspoken about the dangers posed by the Syrian regime.

He said that Assad ‘has now joined the list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein’ in deploying chemical weapons against his own people.

During a passionate speech in Washington last Friday, he called Assad a ‘thug and murderer,’ and urged the world to act. ‘History would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator,’ Kerry insisted.

We all say things we later regret, don’t we? I’ve said Asma Assad is smokin’ hot, for example.

What was I thinking?

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The Absent-Minded Law Professor

As enjoyable as it is to watch President Obama twist and flop like a gaffed fish… it really is enjoyable! Where was I?

Oh yes, Syrians are dying.

There are reasons for going in—obviously—and reasons for staying the [bleep] out—obviously. And there are principled arguments, if not principled people, on both sides.

So, what would we do? We supported Bush in Iraq, so don’t we support Obama in Syria? Up to a point—which is to say not really.

I’ll switch to the singular pronoun here, as Aggie’s thinking is her own, and I wouldn’t burden her with what passes for my thinking. I supported removing Saddam, but not because of WMD, or least because of WMD. I had no personal knowledge of his possession of bio, chem, or nuclear weapons—though I knew he used to: it was accepted as fact by all parties. But I knew he had started wars or skirmishes with Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, as well as with ethnic minorities within his own borders. I knew he was in violation of countless UN resolutions regulating his behavior, and that the only entity capable of holding him to account was the US military. (The UN’s response was to pass another resolution.) It appeared to me that Saddam had bluffed the international community, and the IC blinked. They couldn’t even make eye contact.

As bad as Boy Assad is, he isn’t that bad. But what if he is? Isn’t the real argument whether the US has any national interest? We’ve stood by while scores of thousands have died; what’s raised our ire this time? The manner of the death of innocents? And if the act can be proved, and the blame placed, why is it so difficult—impossible!—to get anyone—other than France!—to go along with us?

Ultimately, I suppose it comes down to the manner of our response. President Obama seems to be proposing something more along the lines of Bill Clinton’s blasting of an aspirin factory in Sudan, rather than Bush’s accomplished mission of regime change. If that’s all Obama wants, fine, go ahead. He already kills people with abandon in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen (among other places, probably, if I thought about it). What’s the big deal if he blows up a Nyquil plant in Aleppo?

Which brings us back to Obama’s hopeless ineptitude. As Charles Krauthammer noted, this crew couldn’t organize a three-car funeral. The allegedly gassed bodies aren’t even cold, but the will of international bodies to bring them justice is glacially cold—and slow. I’d say this is due to Obama’s twin traits of narcissism and anti-Americanism. Our global rivals know he shares their contempt for American power; our global allies know he loves himself more than he could ever love them or our shared interests.

When we find ourselves in a ditch (Obama’s favorite metaphor), it’s never because we meant to drive into one. We made a series of mistakes. Our first mistake took place on November 4, 2008. We’ve been doubling down ever since.

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Dumb and Dumber and Dumberer

I attest at the outset that I find the New York Times less credible than a crack addict caught red-handed at midnight with the silver church candle sticks tucked inside his drawers. And a Social Security check made out to Lavinia Applethwaite in his pocket. And a store tag still attached to his Members Only jacket.

Less credible than that.

Still…:

American officials said Wednesday there was no “smoking gun” that directly links Syrian President Bashar Assad to last week’s chemical attack near Damascus, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

They said Thursday’s public intelligence presentation will not contain specific electronic intercepts of communications between Syrian commanders or detailed reporting from spies and sources on the ground.

But even without hard evidence tying Assad to the attack, administration officials asserted, the Syrian leader bears ultimate responsibility for the actions of his troops and should be held accountable.

According to the report, US officials tried to lower expectations about the public intelligence presentation but said that communications between military commanders intercepted after Wednesday’s attack provided proof that the assault was not the result of a rogue unit acting against orders. It is unclear how much detail about these communications, if any, will be made public.

While my regard for the UN falls fathoms below even my contempt for the Times, shouldn’t their personnel already on the ground at least have a chance to ascertain the facts? It’s not like Assad’s going anywhere—just ask him.

President Obama may be right in his pursuit of justice for the innocents who were killed allegedly by poison gas. Many more have died of more conventional means in this civil war, but we do seem to put these so-called WMDs in a more horrific category. But his style, demonstrated so often, is ready, fire, aim. Why announce so far in advance what your intentions are? Why not work behind the scenes before opening your yap? President Bush danced with the UN for weeks before finally acting against Saddam Hussein. Heck, we’ve had a contest going for days on when the first missile would drop. (And I’m a sore loser.)

President Obama is like the playground blowhard who threatens to kick the a** of his adversary, only to have the adversary—and his big brother, and his big brother’s friends—turn to face him and say, “You, punk?” I just hope he has a spare pair of underwear to replace the pair he just soiled.

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Whoopie, We’re All Going to Die

Let’s see… Syria threatens Israel if we strike. And China and Russia threaten us if we strike. Meanwhile, we threaten to strike.

Who’s up for WWIII?

Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region.

The US and its allies are considering launching strikes on Syria in response to deadly attacks last week.

The US said there was “undeniable” proof of a chemical attack, on Monday.

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis and observe international law.

“Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa,” he said in a statement.

Late on Monday, the US said it was postponing a meeting on Syria with Russian diplomats, citing “ongoing consultations” about alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Hours later, Russia expressed regret about the decision. The two sides had been due to meet in The Hague on Wednesday to discuss setting up an international conference on finding a political solution to the crisis.

The official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said Western powers were rushing to conclusions about who may have used chemical weapons in Syria before UN inspectors had completed their investigation.

Even Iran feels emboldened:

In Tehran, U.N. Political Affairs Head Jeffrey D. Feltman, there for a regional security meeting, got an earful from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who warned Feltman, “The use of military means [against Syria] will have serious consequences not only for Syria but for the entire region,” according to an account by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi given to reporters covering the event. (Araqchi went on to state that Russia had already submitted to the U.N. Security Council “proof” that Syrian rebels, not regime soldiers, had used chemical weapons.)

No offense intended to Secretary of State Kerry, especially as he knows Assad so well, but how does he know the Chinless Ophthalmologist is the one what done it?

PS: If Syria strikes Israel after we strike Syria, you know what happens next, don’t you?

That’s right:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel was not involved in Syria’s civil war, but would respond forcefully to any attempts to attack it.

“The state of Israel is prepared for any scenario,” Netanyahu said in a statement after holding security consultations in Tel Aviv as Western countries weighed a possible military action to punish the Syrian government for an alleged chemical attack near Damascus last week.

“We are not a party to this civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt to attack us we will respond and we will respond forcefully,” he said.

I would ask rhetorically if President Obama could [bleep] this situation any further beyond recognition—but I think he would just take that as a challenge.

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