The good news is that Obama’s speech last night was only 16 minutes long. It didn't cause me to miss part of the Diamonbacks' game. The good news also is that it was worthless in that it was basically a rehash of what we have been reading for the past few days. I guess that when a president knows he will embarrassingly go down in flames if Congress votes on his measure, he may as well do 16 minutes of repetition and then thankfully disappear.
It was more of the same: “No boots on the ground” has become one of Obama’s favorite expressions even though having never served in the military, he probably wouldn’t know a boot if he saw one.
Then there were the impassioned words about how horrible sarin gas is and how inhumane it is to kill people, especially children, through its use. We know those things but when a president says it with a glint of moisture in his eye, it is supposed to have more effect on his followers.
After he finished, one reporter (Martha Radatz of ABC News) commented: “It is highly unlikely that in the coming weeks or even months there will be a military strike in Syria … if ever.”
Howard Kurtz of Fox News said: “It was more of a status report than a call to action, more justification than inspiration.
Fox’s Charles Krauthammer saw the Obama message as “we will do this if we have to,” but put it “on the back burner.”
CNN’s John King said he had never seen a president “say I’m trying to prepare you for a Plan B.”
CBS’s Bob Schieffer hinted at a bit of face-saving, because “he was almost certainly going to lose this vote” on Capitol Hill.
It’s as though Obama is heaving a sigh of relief now that Putin is adding his two cents worth. I can see him saying, “Phew! I’m glad that’s over. I’m going outside for a smoke. Call me when Vladimir calls to give me his instructions.”