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Obama: You Can't Understand Syria Policy 'If You Haven't Been in the Situation Room'
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Posted on 06/18/2013 6:01:10 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama: You Can't Understand Syria Policy 'If You Haven't Been in the Situation Room'

Obama: I hear folks saying, "Katie, bar the door, let's just go in and knock out Syria." 7:03 AM, Jun 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER

Charlie Rose last night asked President Obama his new Syria policy. The president first objected to it being called a new policy. "I'm not sure you can characterize this as a new policy. This is consistent with the policy that I've had throughout," he said.

Obama then explained the goal is regional stability, and especially in Syria. "Really, what we're trying to do is take sides against extremists of all sorts and in favor of people who are in favor of moderation, tolerance, representative government, and over the long-term, stability and prosperity for the people of Syria," said Obama.

And after a little back-and-forth, Rose said to Obama, "So you think a no fly zone is not necessary?"

Obama, the transcript suggests, seemed to think Rose wasn't getting it. "What I’m saying is, that if you haven’t been in the Situation Room, pouring through intelligence and meeting directly with our military folks and asking, what are all our options, and examining what are all the consequences, and understanding that for example, if you set up a no-fly zone, that you may not be actually solving the problem on the zone," he said. "Or if you set up a humanitarian corridor, are you in fact committed not only to stopping aircraft from going that corridor, but also missiles? And if so, does that mean that you then have to take out the armaments in Damascus and are you prepared then to bomb Damascus? And what happens if there’s civilian casualties. And have we mapped all of the chemical weapons facilities inside of Syria to make sure that we don’t drop a bomb on a chemical weapons facility that ends up then dispersing chemical weapons and killing civilians, which is exactly what we’re trying to prevent. Unless you’ve been involved in those conversations, then it’s kind of hard for you to understand that the complexity of the situation and how we have to not rush into one more war in the Middle East. And we've got --"

Rose then interrupted, "So that's why people think you haven't, because you do not want to get involved in another conflict, having extricated the United States from Iraq and also soon from Afghanistan."

"Charlie, I --" Obama tried, before being cut off again.

"And the idea of another conflict and getting involved in a war that had real significant Sunni-Shia implications and could explode into the region, you want no part of that, even though there has been a turn in the tide in Syria with the Assad regime and the Assad army, with the help of Hezbollah, doing better."

Obama explained, "Yeah, Charlie, that shouldn't just be my concern, that should be everybody's concern, you know. We went through that. We know what it's like to rush into a war in the Middle East without having thought it through. And there are elements within the Middle East who see this entirely through the prism of a Shia-Sunni conflict and want the United States to simply take the side of the Sunnis. And that I do not think serves American institutes. As I said before, the distinction I make is between extremists and those who are recognized in a 21st century world that the way the Middle East is going to succeed is when you have governments that meet the aspirations of their people, that are tolerant, that are not sectarian. And working through that is something that we have to do in deliberate fashion. So when I hear debates out there, on the one hand, folks saying, you know, 'Katie, bar the door, let's just go in and knock out Syria' --"

"They're not asking that," Rose conteded.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; christiangenocide; genocide; israel; obamaswar; russia; situationroom; syria; syriarebels; syriawar; threatmatrix; waronterror
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What profundity...............
1 posted on 06/18/2013 6:01:10 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Given Benghazi (and other situations), I thought this was SATIRE.


2 posted on 06/18/2013 6:03:50 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck)
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To: Sub-Driver

how can a human being lie so energetically for so long?


3 posted on 06/18/2013 6:04:45 AM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Right .... We’re arming the very terrorist organization that killed over 3,000 people on American soil on September 11th, 2001 and we’re all too stupid to understand Obama’s brilliant foreign policy.

I’m sorry but this asshole sitting in the White House simply enrages me to the point of physically vomiting.


4 posted on 06/18/2013 6:05:38 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Sub-Driver
"I know better than you so shut up!"
Except when SHTF, then he knows nuthin' 'bout nuthin'.

5 posted on 06/18/2013 6:06:59 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Obama: You Can’t Understand Syria Policy ‘If You Haven’t Been in the Situation Room’”

Is that the same situation room that you supposedly didn’t go to during Benghazi?


6 posted on 06/18/2013 6:08:01 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Actually, he's right. The only problem with his statement is that President Obama spends so little time in the Situation Room.

I'll wager he's spent more time on the golf course over the past 4 1/2 years than he's spent on intelligence briefings.


7 posted on 06/18/2013 6:08:45 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Sub-Driver
We can't understand Libya and Egypt and Afghanistan (under Obama).....Hasan, the panty bomber, the Boston bombers.

We're not stupid.

Anyone remember any country aiding us during the Civil War??

8 posted on 06/18/2013 6:09:08 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver
All he can do is pose and read from a TelePrompTer.
9 posted on 06/18/2013 6:09:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (People with religious faith in government are far crazier than people with religious faith in God.)
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To: schm0e
how can a human being lie so energetically for so long?

You do know Clinton is about 15 years older than he is, right?


10 posted on 06/18/2013 6:09:27 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow! History will portray Obama as the most clueless President in History. He has absolutely no desire to be a Leader. He’s only good at sound bytes and catchy phrases.
The time (if there ever was one) for intervention in Syria has passed. No one will follow President Obama into these fires because he has no credibility..


11 posted on 06/18/2013 6:09:44 AM PDT by griswold3 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: Sub-Driver

When was the last time he was in there?


12 posted on 06/18/2013 6:10:09 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Sub-Driver
From the same man who didn't know when his loyal staff were targeting the Tea Party, or religious groups through the IRS.

The same man who didn't know that Fast and Furious was a plot to undermine the Second amendment...The list goes on on what Obama didn't know.

Why should we expect him to know anything about the situation in Syria?

13 posted on 06/18/2013 6:10:37 AM PDT by Bayard
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To: Sacajaweau
Anyone remember any country aiding us during the Civil War??

The Brits did quietly shuffle some aid to the Confederacy.


14 posted on 06/18/2013 6:10:40 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL. He really said that?


15 posted on 06/18/2013 6:10:46 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver

“And that I do not think serves American institutes.”

Wha.....????


16 posted on 06/18/2013 6:11:05 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU...)
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To: Sub-Driver
You cannot understand al Qaeda OR Benghazi Hussein Obama
without thinking about THIS situation.

al Qaeda declared themselves the MORTAL Enemies of the American people
then, last year, last week, and this week.
So what is the reason precisely to arm them again (since the MANPADs)?


17 posted on 06/18/2013 6:13:12 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Sub-Driver

Is that what we now call golf courses in DC - situation rooms?


18 posted on 06/18/2013 6:13:19 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: txrangerette

I live in a county where dead SEALS - and the lies told about them aren’t a problem.

I live in a country where the IRS, Homeland Security, and the EPA see half the American citizens ( the conservative half ) as potential ‘terrorists’...

I live in a country where a man in the service can’t read a book by Hannity...

AND I’m suppose to care about people in Syria? We’re suppose to die for them? Or we’re suppose to die for Obama? And the IRS? Die for the freedom of a press that acts like a State run press? Sorry.


19 posted on 06/18/2013 6:13:46 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners? - Coulter)
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To: Sub-Driver
Remember the commercial where Ozzy Osborne needed the GPS on his phone to find the bathroom in his house? I can picture the same thing with Obama and the Situation Room.
20 posted on 06/18/2013 6:14:57 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So does this mean that Obama will now be spending more time in the white house than the golf course and vacations? Does this mean we are going to create another radical islamic state in furtherance of the caliphate dream of iran? Does this mean our policy is now in support of uniting all the islamic countries surrounding our “ally” israel under one radical leadership?
Sure looks that way to me. What a surprise that muslim obama is doing more to unite the radical islamic world than al queda could possibly do on its own, supported by the saudi royal family, who are funding them. Obama destroyed what was accomplished in iraq and afghanistan... so dont waste American resources to put us in a position of supporting our enemies. We shoudl be negotiating a deal with China oand Russia to control the middle esat... not getting into another war. And this one WILL LEAD US INTO WWiii.


21 posted on 06/18/2013 6:16:09 AM PDT by zzwhale
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To: Buckeye McFrog

In the end, it was all about trade.


22 posted on 06/18/2013 6:16:16 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver

According to Obama himself, the situation room is a newspaper room. That’s how he gets his information...just like us!!


23 posted on 06/18/2013 6:18:13 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: griswold3

“If You Haven’t Been in the Situation Room”

Who said that the Current Occupant of the White Hut even VISITS the Situation Room all that often? Not much evidence of that. The last time there was photographic proof of that was during the takedown of Osama bin Laden. Any subsequent visits to the Situation Room have not been verified in any way.

Perhaps he was in phone contact from time to time. And during the events of September 11, 2012, he wasn’t even available to take calls.


24 posted on 06/18/2013 6:18:55 AM PDT by alloysteel (When did the government suddenly become our psycho ex-girlfriend? - Jay Leno)
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To: schm0e
how can a human being lie so energetically for so long?

The clinical term is "sociopathy". There are many other common descriptions for people with this affliction, but the probability of getting banned for using them increases with the relative accuracy of the description.

25 posted on 06/18/2013 6:19:57 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Sacajaweau
It's still about trade.....

Dubai Skyline


26 posted on 06/18/2013 6:20:40 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Someone should ask him “after the debacles in Eqypt and Libya that were worsened due to US involvement why would the US try to interfere in Syria’s civil war? What makes you think this will turn out any better?”

Then he has to defend Eqypt and Libya and convince us those countries are better off

Then a followup “ why Syria? Who not intervene in Iran or North Korea?”

Then he has to describe why Syria is worse than those two countries.


27 posted on 06/18/2013 6:21:19 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: GOPJ

We’re being invaded here at home. We’re under seige. No, it isn’t like Syria is, but Syria is groups of Muslims trying to wipe each other out. All of them are so far from what America is (used to be), because of their religion, their geography, and their history of tribal wars that never really end, they just take a pause. The only winners so far in all of that regional turmoil has been the radical Muslim Brotherhood. And we have Obama to thank. Not.

I agree with Sarah Palin. For now, and maybe ever, let Allah sort them out. That is whose name they shout in battle, so.....


28 posted on 06/18/2013 6:25:08 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck)
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To: plain talk

You want logic from our press?

Don’t you know it is all a show?


29 posted on 06/18/2013 6:32:15 AM PDT by Geoffrey
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To: Sub-Driver

You can’t understand the economy if you’ve never had a job.


30 posted on 06/18/2013 6:34:00 AM PDT by DanielRedfoot
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To: Sub-Driver; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
Been trying to tell people that obama does NOT want to cross iran. iran backs assad. He has handed over Iraq to iran as well as Afghanistan. It is the main reason why he has been VERY hesitant to give lip service to taking assad out.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


Benghazi Index

31 posted on 06/18/2013 6:35:40 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Sub-Driver
We understand fine.
We understand the ILLEGAL ALIEN IN CHIEF despises this country. We understand the Muzzl'em in the Oval Office will not enforce the law, but will only arm our enemies.
We understand the Muslim Brotherhood Member in the Oval Office is using the LAME Stream Media like a baby uses a diaper.

Didn't our Heavenly Father, through our Savior tell us...

How well we deserve this curse (~so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things~) God has given us,
through the ILLEGAL ALIEN IN CHIEF, the FASCIST Obama.

Barack Hussein Obama II IS a Muslim.
His actions prove it.
To believe Barack Hussein Obama II, when he claims to be a Christian, is to trust Satan.
Muslims are well know for lying about their faith.

For a better understanding of the issue, read HISTORY of Mohammed ( spelled variously; Mahomet, Muhammed, Mehmet, etc. ).

32 posted on 06/18/2013 6:35:43 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Sub-Driver
0bama never uses "we," or "our," it's always "I," or "me."

He disgusts me.

5.56mm

33 posted on 06/18/2013 6:38:18 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, they had to drag his butt off the golf course the one time he is shown there, so I’d bet he has not been there often.


34 posted on 06/18/2013 6:39:51 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Migraine
“And that I do not think serves American institutes.”

Wha.....????

Forget it...he's on a role.

Allow me to offer another reason for staying the heck out of Syria: I have no faith in the current military chain of command to implement rules of engagement that lessen the risk to our servicemembers.

Abu Ghraib...Afghanistan...don't ask, don't tell...to include the latest revelations over sexual assaults. I lay these debacles at the feet of the "chain of command." IMHO, it is past time for the ossified perfume REMF princes of the Pentagon to step aside if they won't provide the necessary leadership.

The excuses I've heard from Dempsey, Odiorne, and the others fly in the face of the training and experience I received as an ROTC cadet and as a young Platoon Leader on active duty. Instead of Sam Damons, we have Courtney Massengales in our officer corps.

35 posted on 06/18/2013 6:39:52 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Last time we supported AL Kiada we got Ben Laudin and a bunch of stinger missiles in Afghanistan.
36 posted on 06/18/2013 6:41:05 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: txrangerette

KMFA owebama


37 posted on 06/18/2013 6:41:38 AM PDT by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Sub-Driver

How the hell would obamaumau know? He only went there on a tour of the facility, and for photo ops of the supposed “bin laden” takedown. Empty mind and suit, high all the time, and looking for boys. And his “mom” valerie runs the biotch show from her slumprincess office. Such hatred of humanity, it is hard to stomach.


38 posted on 06/18/2013 6:42:45 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: zzwhale
"Really, what we're trying to do is take sides against extremists of all sorts and in favor of people who are in favor of moderation, tolerance, representative government, and over the long-term, stability and prosperity for the people of Syria,"


39 posted on 06/18/2013 6:45:32 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Authentic Muslim Gibberish.


40 posted on 06/18/2013 6:50:00 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Sub-Driver
"Really, what we're trying to do is take sides against extremists of all sorts and in favor of people who are in favor of moderation, tolerance, representative government, and over the long-term, stability and prosperity for the people of Syria," said Obama.

Hey Barry, you mean this like gentleman?


41 posted on 06/18/2013 6:52:21 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Well, the Brits actually built most of the Confederate blue water Navy, including commerce raiders like the CSS Alabama and CSS Shenandoah.


42 posted on 06/18/2013 6:55:10 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Sub-Driver

Translation: I follow Saudi orders but I can’t come out and say that.


43 posted on 06/18/2013 6:55:53 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m confused: Then is Obama admitting that he doesn’t understand the complexities of the situation?

....dude couldn’t find the situation room even if it had a cigarette machine in it.


44 posted on 06/18/2013 6:57:03 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Sub-Driver

“Obama: You Can’t Understand Syria Policy ‘If You Haven’t Been on a prayer rug.’”

There, fixed it.


45 posted on 06/18/2013 6:59:03 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Sub-Driver
"What I’m saying is, that if you haven’t been in the Situation Room, pouring through intelligence and meeting directly with our military folks...

When did he manage to find the Situation Room? He certainly had no idea where it was on Sept 11, 2012. Did he perhaps take a White House tour prior the dreaded sequester to ascertain its location?
46 posted on 06/18/2013 6:59:21 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: central_va

You can’t fight in here.
This is the War Room...


47 posted on 06/18/2013 6:59:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Sub-Driver

I hear they have to wear gas masks in the Situation Room, not to get knocked out by the smell of poppers. And that other smell, of course.


48 posted on 06/18/2013 7:00:20 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: schm0e

It’s a gift and the only one he has.


49 posted on 06/18/2013 7:11:20 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Sub-Driver

Great Leader is telling us to just trust him. By golly, I sure will.


50 posted on 06/18/2013 7:12:48 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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