The crisis in Syria came to a head when 1,400 people were killed with chemical weapons. The “Red Line” was crossed. Aside from this horrific tragedy, American pols and talking heads used this as yet an another opportunity to criticize the President. First it was the announcement to strike. Some complained that the effort was not enough, others said it would start WWIII. Then when President Obama returned from the G20 and went on that infamous 45 minute walk with his Chief of Staff and decided to go to Congress, which many in Congress had demanded, they said he was weak and could not make a decision. That he threw Secretary Kerry under the bus after Kerry’s impassioned speech on the Syria strike. Finally when Putin announced an agreement with Assad to get rid of the chemical weapons, the President couldn’t achieve squat and that Putin was the great peacemaker. Even after the President said he preferred a diplomatic solution they said that his bumbling actions caused the world to question his credibility.
Well maybe Obama was playing chess while everyone else was playing checkers. Maybe, just maybe when Obama went to the G20, he told Putin he was serious about a strike and the only way to avoid it was for Putin to tell Assad the the chemical weapons had to go or there would be hell to pay. Maybe Putin got the message. Maybe Obama gave Kerry a call and told him to keep the pressure on for a strike in a speech. And maybe when he went on his walk with his Chief of Staff he told him they needed a stalling tactic until Putin can convince Assad to get rid of the chemical weapons.
And now Assad has agreed. It appears that President Obama feels the same way as President Truman when he said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
The President’s critics say he is a bumbling incompetent who lacks credibility. What the critics don’t realize is that using any petty excuse to criticize the President, especially when he is successful, makes them look like petty, bumbling incompetents who lack any shred of credibility.