First the quote that's got the blood boiling on the right, and apparently the only part of his speech that hit the mark he intended.
"And so, to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just. To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain, and going still on a cold hospital floor. For sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough."
First, I had no idea he still had friends on the right.
Second, it's always nice to know that unstatesmanlike behavior and impolitic bitching just can't be contained by rough drafts. Every thought is a jewel.
It's also nice to know that the dichotomy of the political parties is literally one of good versus evil. Obama wants to appeal to the Republicans' dumb need to blow up foreigners yet appeal to Democrats' "belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain". That's right, Dems, President Lots O' Abortions wants you to think about the children. And Freedom! But you Republicans, git yer guns and yer Bibles. Thers brown peoples to massacree!
The best part? The accolades President Dronestrike will receive from the press for outsmarting everyone and stopping the war he was starting. He's like that Tianamen Square guy except Obama is both driving the tank and standing in front of it. Does it stop Assad from killing anyone which was the whole reason for this fiasco? Nope. Unprecedented! Unicorns are real, you guys!
But questions: He was going to lose a vote in the House and the Senate. Britain and almost all of Europe had already signaled they weren't going to lend a hand. Russia is most likely going to block anything in the UN. What happens if Assad continues killing people? Can Obama resist the siren song of another vacation long enough to use his diminished standing in the world to allow Vladimir Putin to bail him out again? Stay tuned!