Posted by: John_Hamilton on 09/14/2013 09:22 AM
Updated by: John_Hamilton on 09/14/2013 09:22 AM
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President Obama's Weekly Address "On Pursuing a Diplomatic Solution in Syria"
Washington, DC...President Barack Obama's Weekly Address for September 14, 2013. "This week, when I addressed the nation on Syria, I said that – in part because of the credible threat of U.S. military force – there is the possibility of a diplomatic solution. Russia has indicated a new willingness to join with the international community in pushing Syria to give up its chemical weapons, which the Assad regime used in an attack that killed more than 1,000 people on August 21. I also asked Congress to postpone a vote on the use of military force while we pursue this diplomatic path. And that’s what we’re doing.
At my direction, Secretary of State Kerry is in discussions with his Russian counterpart. But we’re making it clear that this can’t be a stalling tactic. Any agreement needs to verify that the Assad regime and Russia are keeping their commitments: that means working to turn Syria’s chemical weapons over to international control and ultimately destroying them. This would allow us to achieve our goal – deterring the Syrian regime from using chemical weapons, degrading their ability to use them, and making it clear to the world that we won’t tolerate their use.
We’ve seen indications of progress. As recently as a week ago, the Assad regime would not admit that it possessed chemical weapons. Today, it does. Syria has signaled a willingness to join with 189 other nations, representing 98 percent of humanity, in abiding by an international agreement that prohibits the use of chemical weapons. And Russia has staked its own credibility on supporting this outcome.
These are all positive developments. We’ll keep working with the international community to see that Assad gives up his chemical weapons so that they can be destroyed. We will continue rallying support from allies around the world who agree on the need for action to deter the use of chemical weapons in Syria. And if current discussions produce a serious plan, I’m prepared to move forward with it.
But we are not just going to take Russia and Assad’s word for it. We need to see concrete actions to demonstrate that Assad is serious about giving up his chemical weapons. And since this plan emerged only with a credible threat of U.S. military action, we will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on the Assad regime. And if diplomacy fails, the United States and the international community must remain prepared to act.
The use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world is an affront to human dignity and a threat to the security of people everywhere. As I have said for weeks, the international community must respond to this outrage. A dictator must not be allowed to gas children in their beds with impunity. And we cannot risk poison gas becoming the new weapon of choice for tyrants and terrorists the world over.
We have a duty to preserve a world free from the fear of chemical weapons for our children. But if there is any chance of achieving that goal without resorting to force, then I believe we have a responsibility to pursue that path. Thank you. "
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No Subject Posted on: 2013-09-14 10:17:24By: Anonymous
"...deterring the Syrian regime from using chemical weapons, degrading their ability to use them, and making it clear to the world that we won’t tolerate their use."
Meanwhile here in our own house we have out of control unemployment, out of control spending by our own government, out of control foreclosure rates, out of control taxation, out of control welfare statistics, our national infrastructure is crumbling before our eyes and we have to worry about some podunk tiny place and their ongoing civil war?
What is wrong with this picture? Our failure as a nation to take care of our own here at home FIRST. That is what is wrong here.
The same argument isolationists have been making since we first became a nation.
It's important to understand that this is not just about some podunk tiny place and their ongoing civil war. There are broad implications regarding the extent of the President's authority, and our posture on the international playing field. We aren't living on an island, you know. Events in "podunk tiny places" can reach out and touch each and every one of us in very significant ways -- especially if those podunk tiny places are in a region on which so much of the world's oil supply depends. If you think we're having trouble solving our domestic problems now, see if it's any easier with the price of oil FOUR TIMES higher (which is what happened in 1973 when -- you guessed it -- Syria, along with its then-ally, Egypt, had a go at Israel, obligating us to get involved).
So you can sleep at night knowing children are being sprayed with poison gas and dying a painful death while you slumber thinking about who's not meeting your own selfish needs?
I am embarrassed for you....
No one said it is either or...our President can and will address both, as he should...
But THIS is an emergency. At least YOU are not having a seizure today.
Take some time to look OUTSIDE the US for your news this week. England, Germany, Holland, South Africa, Canada, Japan, you name it. Do some research and see what the rest of the world is saying.
Some of the headlines are great.
The fact remains, this sham of a president does not deserve to manage a gas station let alone the free world.
The day when an ex KGB officer is running circles around you in the press, well give it up mr community organizer.
Im going back to sleep. Let me know when this idiot is run out on a rail.
Wonder if he is bragging about his nobel peace prize while organizing a attack on Syria?
Seriously? The "bragging about his Nobel Peace Prize" argument again? You know, you don't win that by entering a contest; they pick you (well, not *you*, obviously, but you get what I mean). How many times have you heard him mention the thing? Ever seen a photo of him wearing it in public?
You may not agree with Obama's policies (or his ideology, or whatever). Fine. Can't you come up with some better arguments against them than "Oh, and he won the Peace Prize, too."
And I like the headlines a hell of a lot better than I did about a week ago.