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AUGUST 29, 2013
OBAMA PROMISES SYRIA STRIKE WILL HAVE NO OBJECTIVE
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Attempting to quell criticism of his proposal for a limited military mission in Syria, President Obama floated a more modest strategy today, saying that any U.S. action in Syria would have “no objective whatsoever.”
“Let me be clear,” he said in an interview on CNN. “Our goal will not be to effect régime change, or alter the balance of power in Syria, or bring the civil war there to an end. We will simply do something random there for one or two days and then leave.”
“I want to reassure our allies and the people of Syria that what we are about to undertake, if we undertake it at all, will have no purpose or goal,” he said. “This is consistent with U.S. foreign policy of the past.”
While Mr. Obama clearly hoped that his proposal of a brief and pointless intervention in Syria would reassure the international community, it immediately drew howls of protest from U.S. allies, who argued that two days was too open-ended a timeframe for such a mission.
That criticism led White House spokesman Jay Carney to brief reporters later in the day, arguing that the President was willing to scale down the U.S. mission to “twenty-four hours, thirty-six tops.”
“It may take twenty-four hours, but it could also take twelve,” Mr. Carney said.
“Maybe we get in there, take a look around, and get out right away. But however long it takes, one thing will not change: this mission will have no point. The President is resolute about that.”
We quoted this to friends yesterday. Not everyone realized right away what the Borowitz Report is, which is perhaps why we heard murmurs of understanding for the viewpoint outlined by the president's spokesman. This, it seems, says more about today's United States and its much diminished global standing than about New Yorker magazine.
|London, June 15, 2013: Brits demonstrating against |
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Yes, the US president is a consummate communicator, and his recent speeches are replete with "there is no doubt" and "we have concluded". But we (and the attentive Arab world) also heard him say this on Wednesday about American plans:
And if, in fact, we can take limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about – but if we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, stop doing this, that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term, and may have a positive impact on our national security over the long term and may have a positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not used again on innocent civilians. [PBS Newshour, August 28, 2013]
|London, January 28, 2012: Brits demonstrating against|
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