President Barack Obama warned Syria on Friday that its use of chemical weapons would be a “game changer” for the United States but made clear he was in no rush to intervene in the civil war there on the basis of evidence he said was still preliminary.
Speaking a day after the disclosure of U.S. intelligence that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against its own people, Obama talked tough while calling for patience as he sought to fend off pressure for a swift response against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Talked tough while calling for patience? Huh?
Obama’s inaction comes as no surprise to many — and certainly not to the Syrians who have learned that Obama may talk tough, but he carries his “big stick” only reluctantly and wields it rarely. If ever.
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*We Have the Same Team Trying to Find Out What Happened In Benghazi**
**And Also Fast & Furious
FROM THE COMMENTS: Jeff ILoveCapitalism gets my “big stick” reference:
Teddy Roosevelt said, Speak softly and carry a big stick. Obama, the perfect anti-Republican, speaks loudly while carrying a small stick.
UPDATE: Obama erases his ‘red line’