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The Way Out?

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By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Sep 9, 2013

Is this the beginning of the White House turn?

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At this point, it’s risky and probably futile to try to understand the ad hoc decisionmaking and zig-zagging public rhetoric of the Obama administration’s handling of Syria. But even before Barack Obama shares his latest thoughts on the crisis with the American people, in television interviews today and a speech tomorrow night, a new proposal and the administration’s eager response suggest another zig (or zag) might be coming.

Although State Department officials quickly moved to downplay Kerry’s comment, saying he was speaking extemporaneously and wasn’t making an actual proposal, the Russians leapt at the comments and offered to help Assad comply.

Within hours, top White House and State Department officials, while sounding cautious, were touting this new alleged Russian cooperation and, significantly, claiming credit on behalf of Barack Obama for creating the environment that led to this potential breakthrough.

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The Way Out? | The Weekly Standard

I just heard Obama say "Whew", that was close.
 

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By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Sep 9, 2013

Is this the beginning of the White House turn?

obama, kerry

At this point, it’s risky and probably futile to try to understand the ad hoc decisionmaking and zig-zagging public rhetoric of the Obama administration’s handling of Syria. But even before Barack Obama shares his latest thoughts on the crisis with the American people, in television interviews today and a speech tomorrow night, a new proposal and the administration’s eager response suggest another zig (or zag) might be coming.

Although State Department officials quickly moved to downplay Kerry’s comment, saying he was speaking extemporaneously and wasn’t making an actual proposal, the Russians leapt at the comments and offered to help Assad comply.

Within hours, top White House and State Department officials, while sounding cautious, were touting this new alleged Russian cooperation and, significantly, claiming credit on behalf of Barack Obama for creating the environment that led to this potential breakthrough.

[Excerpt]

Read more:
The Way Out? | The Weekly Standard

I just heard Obama say "Whew", that was close.

This is more of a political and foreign policy win for Putin than Obama.

The outsider who's now the big boy in the Middle East is no longer America but Russia.
 

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This is more of a political and foreign policy win for Putin than Obama.

The outsider who's now the big boy in the Middle East is no longer America but Russia.

Did I hear a sigh of relief? Maybe there'll be 737's flying into the Kremlin before long.
 

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Interesting that Putin is subtlety becoming more visible and effective on the world stage than the reclusive, ill-tempered and widely distrusted Obama.
 
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