Obama's done with Syria. It was as sure loser for him but like every other challenge we face (the economy *cough, cough*) Obama gives a speech and that's supposed to be the end of it. No matter that Assad will not be punished for using chemical weapons. No matter if any chemical weapons are actually destroyed. We may never find all the weapons. Reports are some are even moving to Iraq, perhaps where they came from in the first place.
Assad is free to kill another 100,000 Syrians, he just better not use gas. So what if more stories of whole villages wiped out, men, women, children, surface. Assad's forces are butchering mothers as they clutch their infants but who cares? Obama's washed his hands of the mess and now he can get back to doing what he does best: campaigning and blaming the Republicans for everything.
William Murchison at the American Spectator points out that last week Obama took a pause in the GOP bashing as it looked like he might need some Republican votes for his war authorization vote in Congress. Now that's off the table (and no one seriously thinks that it will be back on the table when we find out the Syrians did NOT comply with the agreement to destroy their chemicals) Obama is free once again to play the hyperpartisan role he does better than any President in living memory.
On the same day the Navy Yard shooter murdered 12 Americans Obama gave another speech in which he said this about the GOP:
Republicans in Congress don’t seem to be focused on how to grow the economy and build the middle class. I say “at the moment” because I’m still hoping that a light bulb goes off here…Obama was reacting to GOP efforts to contain ObamaCare before the highly unpopular plan, clearly not ready for prime time, is foisted on the American people. Democrats appeal to GOP lawmakers to help fix the plan but it's difficult to see how the two sides can work together when Obama continues to attack the GOP with such vehemence.
I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it can’t get 100 percent of what it wants.…
[A]re some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party they’re willing to tank the entire economy just because they can’t get their way on this issue?
Obama was also reacting to the news that under his Administration, the wealthier have gotten even more wealthy and more Americans now consider themselves lower class. Perhaps his latest hyperpartisan ranting is designed to keep Americans from connecting the dots to the source of these issues which has been HIS POLICY. Obama's war on jobs, of which ObamaCare is a key ingredient, and his economic and fiscal policy that rewards his campaign cronies at the expense of average Americans is not something he wants to talk about. Far better to bash the GOP with the same shopworn rhetoric than face accountability for his actions.
Obama's fear is that after the reckless emptiness of his Syrian policy was exposed to near universal ridicule his similar faults and weaknesses on domestic policy might also be revealed. So, it's back to the blame game, give another speech and hope no one notices the predictably poor results!