Obama’s a Foreign Policy Genius.

Or something.

When this whole Syria clusterf**k was unraveling I told everybody I know that Obama’s enablers would be shouting from the housetops about what a genius he is, getting the Russians to join the party and disarm Assad. I haven’t been disappointed. I’m constantly amazed that these people can feed and bathe themselves.

Obama HmmmToday, I find a couple of articles that really drive the point home. This is from Politics USAReal Liberal Politics, and it was published on September 9th, right after Obama’s shining TV appearance.

It turns out that all of the people on the left and right who were fooled by the pundits and hosts on cable news into believing that war was just around the corner were absolutely, completely, totally, utterly wrong. War is not around the corner. In fact, President Obama had a strategy to get Syria to the table. That strategy was to get the United States talking about striking Syria by asking Congress for authorization.

If President Obama wanted to strike Syria, he could have done so at any time. He didn’t, because military action in Syria was not what he wanted. The president wanted Syria to surrender their chemical weapons to the international community, and the best way to get Russia to listen was to turn up the heat by letting Congress debate a potential military strike on Syria.

Got that? The man’s a genius. And the author goes on to really make the point.

Obama is going to keep the pressure on Assad by letting the congressional debate take center stage for the next several weeks. The best way for Congress to avoid military strikes in Syria, while keeping Assad at the table would be to seriously consider authorizing the strikes. If Congress really wants to scare the pants off of Assad, they’ll authorize the strikes.

Got that? TheWon is going to keep up the pressure by having the issue debated in Congress. Well, nice try Real Liberal, but that thought didn’t live 24 hours, ABC News on September 10th.

President Obama asked Congress to delay a vote on whether to authorize military strikes against Syria, telling senators on Tuesday that the United States would not take military options off the table but would wait until a new round of diplomacy with Syria and Russia could play out. …

The first vote on Syria was set for Wednesday in the Senate, but Majority Leader Harry Reid called for a delay at the request of the White House. While administration officials conceded they did not have enough support, they also said diplomatic avenues needed to be pursued.

“If we’re going to have any success diplomatically in the future on this issue, we have to make sure that the credible threat of military action remains,” Reid said.

Oops, didn’t have the votes. Actually, Obama probably didn’t even have 50 votes even though there are 55 Democrats/D-Ind in the Senate. Oh well.

But, there’s more!

Barack Obama came up with a brilliant strategy. He may end up outsmarting everyone without risking a single American life, or another dollar on military action.

Genius, sheer genius.

Oh, except maybe for this little glitch.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syria will fulfil [sic] an initiative to hand over its chemical weapons only when the United States stops threatening to strike Syria, RIA news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a television interview.

Assad also said that Damascus will begin handing over information on its chemical weapons stockpiles one month after it joins a anti-chemical weapons convention.

When we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalized,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with Russian state television.

Hell of a job Barack. Hell of a job. You’re a genius.

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980.Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • GarandFan

    Uh…..and didn’t the Sec of State, Lurch say that Assad was to turn over ALL of his chemical weapons WITHIN ONE WEEK?

    • Brian_R_Allen

      Yair. But since – at 68 years of age, Lurch had his jaw and nose and cheeks “surgically” broken and reset and his already hyena-ugly mug massively disfigured, so – he reckoned – he could get laid more easily, he hasn’t been able to talk clearly. And of course he never could talk intelligently.

      By the way. Seeing Zero, Plugs Biden, the treasonous, recidivist co-serial-rapist Missus Blythe-Hubbel-Cli’ton, Lurch and Hagel — 5 of the 6 most dangerously-dullard dipshts that ever stole election to the united States’ senate — have now been and/or still are members of the Zero Claque, when will Patty Murray, the dumbest of them all, be getting a gig?

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    Obama rattles his saber, drawing ‘red lines’ for over a year with no results. Putin takes a throwaway line from John Kerry and has an agreement with Syria within days. Yeah. Obama is a genius.

  • 914

    King Putts a lot! Lurch gold digs a lot! lol

  • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

    The Good News? Obama finally has some steel in his back.

    The bad news? It was Putin’s knife.

    • 914

      I want video before I celebrate?

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        It wasn’t fatal, missed all his vital parts…

        • 914

          He has one vital part. A Teflon teleprompter.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Exactly.

            Moochelle keeps all the delicate parts.

        • Brian_R_Allen

          In his ear, was it?

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson
  • JWH

    Can’t say I’m satisfied with the Syria outcome. A couple things:

    1) An effective president wouldn’t have spent time hemming and hawing over whether to strike Syria, then gone to Congress, hat in hand, for permission. Instead, he would have either a) kept up the rhetorical pressure while letting Vladimir Putin play good cop or b) launched a three-day Tomahawk strike over Labor Day weekend, then let Syria know there was plenty more where that came from.

    2) I’m glad that we’re heading toward something that doesn’t involve war or a “police action,” but I don’t like the way we got here. This kind of diplomacy should be based on carefully laid out strategy, not improvised from off-the-cuff remarks by a secretary of state.

    • Brucehenry

      1.) Option B was not an option. I guarantee you the same Republican geniuses who are now excoriating Obama for his “dithering” would have been clamoring for his impeachment if he had launched a Tomahawk strike.

      2.) You are buying into the conventional wisdom that many are taking issue with.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Does the shoe pinch now that it’s on your foot?

  • JWH

    Can’t say I’m satisfied with the Syria outcome. A couple things:

    1) An effective president wouldn’t have spent time hemming and hawing over whether to strike Syria, then gone to Congress, hat in hand, for permission. Instead, he would have either a) kept up the rhetorical pressure while letting Vladimir Putin play good cop or b) launched a three-day Tomahawk strike over Labor Day weekend, then let Syria know there was plenty more where that came from.

    2) I’m glad that we’re heading toward something that doesn’t involve war or a “police action,” but I don’t like the way we got here. This kind of diplomacy should be based on carefully laid out strategy, not improvised from off-the-cuff remarks by a secretary of state.

  • Hank_M

    If this has been an example of the genius of Obama, then I’d hate to see what happens when he screws up.

  • Hank_M

    If this has been an example of the genius of Obama, then I’d hate to see what happens when he screws up.

  • Brian_R_Allen

    And in other, as riveting, commentary, surprise was expressed at bears pooping in woods and that The Sun rose in the east, today.

    OR: Fascissocialism is a psychosis and we aught take for granted rather than express wonder and/or astonishment that its sufferers and their as-usefully-lock-step-idiotic activists, apparatchiks and acolytes act idiotically.

    Not to mention, given its brain-stem-banality, instinctively evilly.

  • Commander_Chico

    At least we’re not bombing, but I see the War Party hasn’t given up. The Wall Street Journal is claiming Syrian Special Forces are hiding the chemical weapons.

    I think we will have this war, opinion of the American people be damned. As I said, they have to prep the battlefield for Iran.

  • ackwired

    Yeah! Obama planned Syria like Reagan planned the fall of the Soviet Union. No wonder political handlers get paid so much.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Reagan had been speaking of the evils of Communism for decades before he was elected President. We’ve seen no such consistency on ANY foreign policy issue from 0bama.

    • Jwb10001

      What do you suppose did cause the fall of the USSR, did Reagan have nothing to do with it?

      • ackwired

        I don’t think it would be accurate to say that Reagan had nothing to do with it nor that Obama had nothing to do with the Syria deal. In neither case does that indicate that they planned it.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        He doesn’t think. Full Stop.

  • fustian24

    Apparently Obama set more of a pink line.

    Don’t you dare cross it, or he might glare at you. There might even be a harsh phrase or two.

  • Plinytherecent

    This is a similar strategy to the one used for AGW: develop a model that says what you want and when the data disagree with the model, either change the data, say that the data are irrelevant, or hand wave about how the conflicting data are actually supportive of the model.