Before we get too confident, however, there is much to be considered as to whether the arrangement has the necessary clout to make it work, or whether it was merely a delaying tactic to save face for everyone involved.
It would be nice to believe the negotiations worked as diplomacy should, but not long after the announcement was made, Barack Obama made the rounds of the Sunday news shows to extol the virtues of his foreign policy strategies.
As the old saying goes, “You’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelet.” In other words the process looked messy and frenzied, but all that mattered in the end was the result. Sometimes that is true. In sports they have a term for it called “winning ugly.”
As Obamas sees it, it doesn’t matter how we get there so long as we eventually accomplish the goal. So that huge global sigh might have been fine for now, but it may only be temporary.
The words sound good for now and the timelines seem reasonable, but when we look back at the Obama administration’s track record, almost all of the “omelets” he has made have broken more than their share of eggs.
There is an eerie “Neville Chamberlain” quality to the diplomatic efforts in
Obama likes to say that the sudden flurry of diplomatic wisdom emanating out of
Though the Obama administration would like us to believe that a misguided off-the-cuff remark by Secretary of State John Kerry in
For the moment the Syrian situation appears stabilized. At least as much as something can be stable in the
But what about the future? The focal point of
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is so concerned that he is preparing to propose a bill in congress now that gives the president the authority to strike against
Certainly that would be a time saver that could greatly minimize the debate in the media and in
If we have learned nothing from the events o f 9/11/01 other than Islamic extremism is not going away, then this momentary intermission we are enjoying is only a prelude to another show-stopping performance.
There is an eerie false sense of security about
Certainly a president and his staff are privy to inside information the public and media, do not possess, but there is little confidence that Barack Obama knows how to utilize that knowledge to make strong, well-informed decision.
In fact, more often than not, Obama makes no decision, until it is too late.
For a man who gained notoriety with his elegant oratory, Barack Obama’s words today sound tired, empty, unimaginative and suspicious. Obama’s delivery remains good, but meanings are not as convincing as before..
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