#1 Barack Obama’s Staggering Incompetence by Rev 02.09.2013 17:56


Barack Obama’s Staggering Incompetence

Peter Wehner | @Peter_Wehner
09.02.2013 - 11:00 AM

It’s reported that President Obama was ready to order a military strike against Syria, with or without Congress’s blessing, but “on Friday night, he suddenly changed his mind.” According to the Huffington Post:

Senior administration officials describing Obama’s about-face Saturday offered a portrait of a president who began to wrestle with his own decision – at first internally, then confiding his views to his chief of staff, and finally summoning his aides for an evening session in the Oval Office to say he’d had a change of heart.

In light of all this, it’s worth posing a few questions:

1. Why didn’t the president seek congressional authority before the administration began to beat the war drums this past week? Did the idea not occur to him? It’s not as if this is an obscure issue. When you’re in the White House and preparing to launch military force against a sovereign nation, whether or not to seek the approval of Congress is usually somewhere near the top of the to-do list.

And why has the urgency to act that we saw from the administration during the last week–when Assad’s use of chemical weapons was referred to by the secretary of state as a “moral obscenity”–given way to an air of casualness, with Obama not even calling Congress back into session to debate his military strike against Syria?

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#2 RE: Barack Obama’s Staggering Incompetence by Sanguine 02.09.2013 18:16

It may not be incompetence. He actually does seem to be able to accomplish what he wants. It's what he wants that is the problem.

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