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September 11, 2013

Syria Speech Roundup

Great Moments in Rhetorical Leadership

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Winston Churchill, June 4, 1940

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Barak Obama, September 10, 2013

“There sure are a lot of ways this thing could go aren’t there? Hoo boy.  Tell you what, once I figure it out, I’ll let you guys know.”

Shut up, he explained:

“…children lying in rows, killed by poison gas, others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath, a father clutching his dead children,

…because what happened to those people, to those children

…images of children writhing in pain

…we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer”

Lessons in Presidential Logic

“However, over the last few days we've seen some encouraging signs in part because of the credible threat of U.S. military action.”

“I have therefore asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force.”

But other than that

“The Obama administration has not laid out proof Assad was behind the attack.”

“In his remarks, Obama more generally accused Assad's forces of gassing to death ‘over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children’ a figure far higher than estimates by nongovernmental agencies such as the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has counted only victims identified by name, with a current total of 502.”

“Obama's statement that he has the authority to launch military action is par for the course for presidents, and historically disputed by Congress. The issue never gets settled.”

And that

“It was halfhearted, pro forma and strange. It added nothing, did not deepen or advance the story, was not equal to the atmosphere surrounding it, and gave no arguments John Kerry hasn’t made, often more forcefully, in the past 10 days.”

It was great!

J.

P.S. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what Russia can do for your country."

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