Obama’s Syrian Moves Deserve More Respect Than They’re Getting

Arguably, this could be a real achievement for the administration, even if it was not planned. If it can be achieved that the consequence of Obama’s way of thoughtfully navigating this thing has had the unanticipated consequence of leading peaceful to the destruction of Syria’s supply of chemical weapons, that would be a better outcome than we’ve had with most of our forays into geo-politically important areas with our military or threat thereof. The biggest effect of our long nightmare in Iraq, let’s not forget, has been the strengthening of Iran. But the involvement of the Russians is also used to portray Obama as failing in leadership. So we watch as many of the Republicans get up on their high horses and speak disrespectfully of how Obama’s managed this crisis. After their disasters, one might hope for a bit of humility.
Source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/11/1238285/-Obama-s-Syrian-Moves-Deserve-More-Respect-than-They-re-Getting

Obama’s proposed plan for military action in Syria puts pressure on his Democratic ally

Hit the Batsignal, Commissioner! Another GOTP member slams the President! Work hard guys and maybe you can hold him to two terms. You don’t work on anything else, so this should be east. September 11, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm | Anonymous Well, tell you what Bob.
Source: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/11/sen-corker-slams-obama-on-credibility/?sr=sharebar_facebook

Ted Cruz: Obama’s objective in Syria ‘fundamentally wrong’

In their place, he picked up a chunk of Seattle and a group of voters that generally have a more anti-war bent. Smiths district has become so much more liberal that he likely wont see another viable challenge from a Republican but he could see one from another Democrat. Constituents in Smiths district have been expressing wariness about the Syria plan. He said that caution isnt just about Iraq and Afghanistan but concern that the United States is too often taking up the task of enforcing international norms even without the support of entities like the United Nations, NATO and the Arab League. At a coffee shop in central Seattle, just a few blocks from where Obamas campaign had its state headquarters last year, residents who identify as Democrats and Obama supporters expressed qualms about any military action in Syria. Some were weary of war.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obamas-proposed-plan-for-military-action-in-syria-puts-pressure-on-his-democratic-ally/2013/09/12/64942a36-1b60-11e3-80ac-96205cacb45a_story.html

Obama, critics mark Benghazi anniversary

The first step is to issue rules for new plants, a proposal set to be released next week. The more contentious rules would govern emissions from existing plants, and those arent scheduled to be issued until next year. The rules will be the first of their kind. The Obama administration has been waging a war on coal and Kentucky jobs ever since the president was elected, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , a Kentucky Republican, said yesterday in an e-mail. If these reports are accurate, his latest proposal is not only an open war on coal jobs, but on all the residents, jobs, and businesses across the commonwealth that rely on this vital industry. Limited Impact The practical impact of the rule is likely to be limited. In 2012, the EPA forecast that no utilities would build traditional coal plants over the next eight years.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/obama-said-to-ban-new-coal-plants-without-carbon-controls.html

Coal Industry Cries Foul Over Obama Emission Rules

Instead, Cruz gave several Obama student loan forgiveness program examples of ways the crisis in Syria should be resolved, including forcing a vote from the United Nations Security Council on the issue and making sure Iran is not supplying the Assad regime with chemical weapons. Cruz also said the Obama Administration should not be naive in believing that Russia and China will immediately work in collaboration with the U.S. We shouldntexpect that Russia and China will do anything other than act in their own national interest, Cruz said. Cruz compared Obamas leadership style to that of Ronald Reagans during the Cold War, citing the trust, but verify, relationship Reagan had with the Soviet Union. Thats the sort of leadership we need, he said. The sort of leadership is precisely the opposite of what were seeing right now. Noting he is a big believer in peace through strength, Cruz said the U.S.
Source: http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/09/ted-cruz-obamas-objective-in-syria-fundamentally-wrong/

Sen. Corker slams Obama on credibility

facility in Benghazi, Libya. During a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the Pentagon, Obama said: “We pray for all those who have stepped forward in those years of war — diplomats who serve in dangerous posts, as we saw this day last year in Benghazi, intelligence professionals, often unseen and unheralded who protect us in every way — our men and women in uniform who defend this country that we love.” Congressional Republicans continue to criticize the Obama administration for its handling of Benghazi, and say officials are covering up exactly what happened there. “President Obama promised the American people we would track down those responsible and bring them to justice,” said a statement from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “One year after the attack, no one has been held accountable.” Graham added: “Questions about what happened in Benghazi remain unanswered and the American people deserve answers.” The White House also cited the dual anniversaries in a statement about security preparations for 9/11: “September 11th has been a day of remembrance for 12 years for Americans and others around the world.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/09/11/obama-benghazi-sept-11-lindsey-graham/2798953/

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