Putin Plays Obama: The Player Gets Played
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) with U.S. President Barack Obama in Los Cabos, Mexico for the G20 summit Photo: REUTERS/Jason Reed
If POTUS hadn’t threatened credible military response, does anyone believe Russia and Syria would be coming forward now? No time to falter.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 10, 2013
It was laughable then as Obama clearly was getting a face saving bailout from the Russians after promising strikes against the Hitlerian baddies. Now, see, through a Russian brokered deal, the international community will take control of all the chemical weapons in Syria. Face saved and Assad can continue his Munich moment with conventional weapons. Red line problem solved!
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) September 10, 2013
It seems to me that Putin is attempting to teach Obama a lesson here: You’re a childish teenager. It’s not enough that you’re punished. You need a heavy dose of public humiliation to really learn the lesson.
What I’m not sure about is Obama bending the knee in submission. President Obama is petulant. He’s a grade “A” brat. Insufferable. He has no notion of boundaries or how foolish he looks. In his short professional career, he’s never been told no. And he does not like it when everyone doesn’t go along with the charade that he’s Allah’s gift to world leadership.
Will he swallow this bitter pill? If he does, it would be the first time.
SHOULD President Obama swallow the pill? As an American, Obama or not, the thought of giving Assad and pint-sized Putin a win of this magnitude is stomach-turning.
And the Prez has his fans. Just not Americans or their representatives. This fiasco is win, don’t you see:
Thanks to Pres. Obama’s strength, we have a Russian proposal. We hope that it is credible and real, and therefore progress.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 10, 2013
What a disaster.
UPDATE: More at Weekly Standard.