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Checkmate – How Obama Outsmarted Putin, Assad & The Media


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By Jay Kirell

It’s a few hours before President Obama is scheduled to give an address to the American people, but more broadly the world at large, on the current state of events regarding Syria.  The Americans he addresses, according to polls, are very skeptical of his rationale for intervention in Syria.  The world opinion Obama faces, would appear divided at best on military intervention – as world opinion tends to be.

The stage has never been larger for the President, who is still considered a beloved figure around the world, regardless of his current stance on Syria within the United States.  What he says in this speech will go a long way in determining how serious he considers the notion of Syria voluntarily turning over is chemical weapons stockpiles to the UN & Russia.  The suddenness of how quickly this all seemed to appear – from the end-of-week meeting at the G20 summit to the breaking news yesterday that Russia took the notion floated by Obama to Putin and ran with it – hard.

This has more than a few shades of a 21st Century Cuban Missile Crisis.  An American President had contact with his Russian counterpart at a time of extreme global tensions over the issue of weapons of mass destruction.

Yes, this isn’t about nuclear weapons off the coast of Florida.  America isn’t in such needed urgency.  But can you imagine the Cuban Missile Crisis occurring today?  What would the movie “13 Days” have looked like if JFK was checking twitter or watching CNN or MSNBC to check what ex-4-star general is advising him (and the public) to do about nuclear annihilation?

*Shudder*

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If Late Developments On Syria Work Out, Faith In Obama Is Once Again Rewarded


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By Jay Kirell

President Obama called a proposal on Monday to avert a United States military strike on Syria over chemical weapons use “a potentially positive development” but said he would continue to press for military action.

If Obama brings the nation to the brink of military intervention in Syria – yet pulls back at the last minute – with rumors he floated the idea of Assad turning over his chemical weapons to Russian president Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit, it will mean Obama wasn’t the warmongering fool liberals thought he was, or the weak, indecisive leader conservatives accuse him of being.

On a personal note, even though I support intervention, never for a second did I believe Obama wouldn’t do everything possible to do the right thing. For proof, look at this twitter conversation from 10 days ago:

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A Point-Counterpoint To Andrew Sullivan’s Isolationist Position On Syria


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By Jay Kirell

Note – In the interest of full disclosure, I am I huge fan and admirer of Andrew Sullivan. He is, in many ways, my main influence for this blog. From the layout to style of content I choose, it’s all been influenced by the blogger and commentator I consider the premier Independent voice in the online world.

This blog and its author are but a speck compared to what Sullivan has created and earned through his excellent writing and commentary over the years. He saw the light on the Bush administration and was an early supporter of Obama – almost mirroring my own early admiration for the future president.

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A Discussion About Syria Worth Reading For Those Tired Of Cable News Talking Heads


By Jay Kirell
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Saturday night I engaged in a discussion about the impending U.S. intervention in Syria. Whatever your opinion on the worthiness of any Syrian involvement, or President Obama’s handling of events leading up to this moment, I believe you’ll walk away from this discussion impressed by the ideas expressed as well as the civility with which it was provided.

The following is the conversation, captured on twitter and re-organized in something resembling a readable, coherent form. I leave you to draw your own conclusions:

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Apparently Nobody Likes A Cautious Goliath


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By Jay Kirell

For the people who read this outside of the United States, I’m sure it must be puzzling to you why so many within our country are suddenly having (at least outside of Congress) a vigorous debate over military action in Syria.

It wasn’t long ago our nation presented to the world an arrogant face, topped with, literally, a cowboy hat. George W. Bush, whatever you think of him now – was a confident guy with a REALLY confident administration when it came to foreign policy.

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