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how about the Saudis or Turkey taking care of Syria?

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Submitted by lippy (United States), Sep 12, 2013 at 10:17

"No doubt he will either deny that anything has gone wrong, or failing that, he will resort to his favorite tactic of blaming others—Congress or the Republicans or Rush Limbaugh." and he would be right. he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. if he didn't get congressional approval, the right would be talking about impeachment for abusing his authority and circumventing constitutioanl authority (something they are already talking about anyways). the GOP's whole game is to "obstruct, obstruct, obstruct" they say so everyday and are very open and in your face about this. they "will do everything in their power to make sure that he fails". this is because they are so "patriotic" and care so much about our country's image in world view.

"At the same time, he relied on the war-weariness of the American people and the rise of isolationist sentiment (which, to be sure, dared not speak its name) on the left and right to get away with drastic cuts in the defense budget, with exiting entirely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and with "leading from behind" or using drones instead of troops whenever he was politically forced into military action. this is what the American public wanted and voted for him to do. he does work for us and not the right or the left exclusively. drones have worked very effectively in thinning the so called Islamic "extremists" in trhe world. his policies have killed more "terrorists" in his 5 1/2 years in office than all previous administrations before him.

i agree that he has bungled greatly in his Middle East policies (especially in relation to Israel/Pal situation) but he is at least making an effort and not running away from the problems as did Reagan in Beirut or W for that matter when he decided to go after Sadam instead of persuing the real culprits of 9/11, the Saudis and Pakistanis. as i have said in the past, we (the U.S.) have sold and given the Saudis and Turkey some really fabulous state of the art fighter jets and other weapons over the years. why do they let them sit rusting in their countries instead of using them to rid their hated enemy Assad themselves?

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