Kathleen Parker: Obama may succeed in talking war plans to death

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  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    @atl134 "We might end up not having to fire a shot AND getting Syria's chemical weapons."

    Also, pigs might fly. Assad will make a pretense of giving up his chemical weapons, but he will not give them up.

    Remember Hans Blix and his team of Keystone Cops stumbling around Iraq while Saddam played shell games for months and months, with Russia running interference? We're about to sign up for that again.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    @LDS Oh my you travel abroad. How stylish of you. I doubt you had any problems traveling when Bush was in office. Nice try though.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Sept. 11, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Finally Parker writes a piece that actually has some substance to it! If there is one thing this president can do, it's talk talk talk talk. Listening to himself raddle on and on is like sweet music to his ginormous ears. The other thing he has going for him is the massive support of the liberal press. If he can just yammer, and carry on, with a stalling tactic long enough, he will always get the press behind him, even if he recently split with, or offended them....they always come back sniffing.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 11, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    @ atl134. Do you really think Syria will give up their chemical weapons to Russia, who probably sold them to Syria in the first place?

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    President Obama is not the first President to engage in "sabre-rattling", and he certainly won't be the last. Threatening punitive action can sometimes be an effective means of curtailing undesirable behavior, but as nearly every parent knows, it can sometimes backfire. Sometimes your bluff gets called, and sometimes the punishee resolves to "go down swinging" and to make the punisher pay for daring to punish them. Most parents learn to carefully think through a situation before issuing ultimatums, to pick their battles (some situations just aren't worth the trouble), to be willing to follow through with their threat if push comes to shove, and to minimize the risk of retaliation.

    I think the President's initial statements regarding Syria were probably ill-advised; but I also think his subsequent handling of an increasingly complicated and worsening situation has been as good as can be expected. As I've said before, this is really a no-win situation.

    It's easy to be an "armchair critic", Mountanman, but what would you propose to do at this point that would actually accomplish something? Or would you be as impotent as you accuse the President of being?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    So do you want us to go in there with ground troops or do you just reflexively take any position against where you think Obama's going with this? We might end up not having to fire a shot AND getting Syria's chemical weapons.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    I like Teddy Roosevelt's Big Stick ideology or Big Stick diplomacy, foreign policy:
    "speak softly, and carry a big stick."


    BTW Mountanman,
    you worry about Obama and America's "credibility" image?

    It least I don't need to pretend to be from Canada when traveling abroad like I did under GW Bush.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 11, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    This was never about war! It was all about Obama's "red line" macho statement and trying to keep him "credible". Putin and Assad played Obama like a Stradivarious and America lost even more credibility in the world. Do you hear laughter coming from Iran, N. Korea, China and especially Russia?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    How horrible to not jump into war on a whim.
    So now with a more peaceful solution looming you want to go to war, but yesterday, you along with the others of your flock of radio devotees said the exact opposite, again. Of course with conviction and passion (typing in caps) like "In the meantime, innocent civilians are STILL being killed in Syria" you must be running to a recruiter today?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Tough guy keeping on the pressure. Plus not spending a trillion with boots, equipment and contractors on the ground.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 11, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    In the meantime, innocent civilians are STILL being killed in Syria, except only by conventional weapons. What has Obama actually accomplished? NOTHING!