All About Politics – All About Optics – All The Time
Every single move our President takes is determined by political winds…..
Wow. Just wow. The speech by President Obama this afternoon was just staggeringly unreal. Bizzarro World Type pretzel contortions. The speech was short, but in a surprising twist Obama announced he will seek congressional authority on attacking Syria even though he believes he has the authority to go ahead with strike. (this really is must watch stuff – even if you find yourself challenged to stick with it through the absurd nature of what you are bearing witness to)
Following the speech Charles Krauthammer accurately captured several optical realities.
Charles noted it was astonishing the lack of urgency he displayed, suggesting he could carry out this attack in the next week or the next month. “This is amateur hour,” Krauthammer said, “and if you were sitting in Syria, Iraq, or Moscow watching this speech, then it looked like Obama was looking for a way out of striking Syria after he had boxed himself in“.
THAT is exactly what this looks like. Having poll tested the electoral water, and having come under scrutiny from just about every single person, group, or entity who note the obvious, President Obama is looking for a way out….. He needs a way out of the very geography he walked himself in to.
You can clearly take away from the construct of this speech that he WANTS the politics of the possibilities to determine his action. If congress votes NO on authorization for use of force in Syria he has a plausible reason to hit the exit door. If congress approves – it just inflates his position.
This is a historical level of incompetence playing out on the world stage.
This CK analysis is also relative and well presented as Krauthammer talks about how this looks to the world and our allies. Like we have “chickened out”…