Tuesday, September 03, 2013


JOHN FUND: President “Present:” Hillary Had It Right in 2008 On Obama’s Indecisiveness.

Related: Why Many Republicans Won’t Support Obama On Syria Attack. Key bit:
The lack of confidence in Barack Obama. There’s no doubt the president has been extremely reluctant to take action in Syria. He also showed terrible judgment by painting himself into a corner with his 2012 “red line” comments on chemical weapons. For those reasons, and more, some Republicans will argue that they simply cannot entrust special warmaking powers to a president who they believe is not competent to use them.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Politico: Obama Allies Say He’s Misread Capitol Hill — Badly.

Related: Charlie Rangel: “Of course it’s embarrassing.”
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Monday said “of course it’s embarrassing” that President Obama warned Syria of a red line for using chemical weapons but then didn’t move forward immediately with a military strike.

Rangel, who opposes a military strike against Syria, also said Secretary of State John Kerry must be even more embarrassed after making an aggressive speech calling for a military strike on Friday, and then seeing Obama delay it to ask Congress for authorization a day later.
Speaking on MSNBC, Rangel said “I love Obama” and you’ll “never find a truer Democrat than me.”
But he said the idea that a president could draw a red line and push the nation into war was “unheard of.
“So of course it’s embarrassing, I wish it didn’t happen. I guess Secretary Kerry is even more embarrassed than me after making his emotional speech that this was urgent.”

Obama’s mouth has been writing checks that it looks like his body politic can’t cash. I guess that’s what they call “smart diplomacy.”
IMMIGRATION: ICE Union Head Wants Congressional Investigations Into Obama’s ICE Policies—Obama Acts “Like A Dictator”, “Overstepping His Authority.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying.

ROLL CALL: Will Congress Follow Its Leaders On Syria? I don’t think they should even vote unless Obama promises to abide by the result — something he’s quite pointedly refused to do.

OBAMA’S “DENSE PACK” SCANDAL STRATEGY STRIKES AGAIN: Looming fiscal fights threaten IRS probes. “Republicans on Capitol Hill are acknowledging that the fall’s looming fiscal fights could peel attention away from their investigation into the IRS’s singling out of conservative groups.”


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