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- September 10, 2013

BEFORE HIS RE-ELECTION, OBAMA PROMISED RUSSIA "MORE FLEXIBILITY" IN HIS SECOND-TERM FOREIGN POLICY

Obama To Russian President Medvedev: "After My Election I Have More Flexibility." OBAMA: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space." PRESIDENT MEDVEDEV: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…" OBAMA: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility." MEDVEDEV: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir." (Jake Tapper, "President Obama Asks Medvedev For 'Space' On Missile Defense - 'After My Election I Have More Flexibility'," ABC News , 3/26/12)

WAS THIS THE TYPE OF FLEXIBLE FOREIGN POLICY OBAMA HAD IN MIND?

Politico, On Obama's Syria Actions: "A Week Of Conflicting Statements, Mixed Messages And Unanswered Questions." "President Barack Obama will attempt Tuesday to reset - again - his Syria strategy after a week of conflicting statements, mixed messages and unanswered questions. The best that Obama can hope for, according to one senior administration official, is that lawmakers and voters give his argument a second chance. The White House will know quickly whether Obama succeeded - or failed - based on what it hears from Capitol Hill." (Carrie Budoff Brown, "President Obama's Syria Reset," Politico, 9/10/13)

National Journal: "No One Is Likely To Remember This As Obama's Finest Hour … It's All A Big Mess…" "No one is likely to remember this as Obama's finest hour-from his fuzzy comments about red lines to his whipsaw decision to have Congress sign off on any strike, which was a good notion, but belatedly delivered. It's all a big mess, even if the president has been spared a painful vote hours before his big speech." (Matthew Cooper, "The Edge: Obama's Syria Mess," National Journal, 9/10/13)

Politico : "Barack Obama's Unsteady Handling Of The Syria Crisis Has Been An Avert-Your-Gaze Moment In The History Of The Modern Presidency…" "Barack Obama's unsteady handling of the Syria crisis has been an avert-your-gaze moment in the history of the modern presidency - highlighting his unsettled views and unattractive options in a way that has caused his enemies to cackle and supporters to cringe." (Alexander Burns and John F. Harris, "The United States Of Weakness," Politico, 9/19/13)

  • Politico Headline: "The United States Of Weakness" (Alexander Burns and John F. Harris, "The United States Of Weakness," Politico, 9/19/13)

The Washington Post : "Obama And His Aides Have Offered Varied And Often Shifting Justifications For Military Action Against Syria, And Differing Accounts Of What Such An Intervention Would Look Like." "The dueling statements underscored the administration's muddled message on Syria. The confusion has complicated Obama's effort to persuade a reluctant Congress and American public to support a strike against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for its alleged use of chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 civilians outside Damascus last month. Over the past 10 days, Obama and his aides have offered varied and often shifting justifications for military action against Syria, and differing accounts of what such an intervention would look like." (Zachary A. Goldfarb, "Obama Administration's Message On Syria Is Muddled," The Washington Post , 9/9/13)

  • The Washington Post Headline: "Obama Administration's Message On Syria Is Muddled." (Zachary A. Goldfarb, "Obama Administration's Message On Syria Is Muddled," The Washington Post , 9/9/13)

Politico Headline: "President Obama's Accidental Diplomacy." (Josh Gerstein, "President Obama's Accidental Diplomacy," Politico, 9/9/13)

National Journal: "A Would-Be War Bookended By Verbal Gaffes. Foreign Policy By Faux Pas." "If it goes through (and it's a big if, considering the technical difficulty of securing the weapons), it's a would-be war bookended by verbal gaffes. Foreign policy by faux pas." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Obama's Foreign Policy By Faux Pas," National Journal, 9/10/13)

Roll Call 's Stuart Rothenberg: "Is This An Abbott And Costello Comedy Routine? A Peter Sellers Movie About An Inept Political Leader?" "Then, at the last minute, he apparently changes his mind and figures that passing the buck to Congress to authorize military action is a good idea. But, of course, he won't say what he'll do if Congress fails to authorize action. Then, after his secretary of state seeks to mollify those worried about a full-scale war by promising that the U.S. military response would be 'unbelievably small,' the president responds that 'the U.S. does not do pinpricks.' Is this an Abbott and Costello comedy routine? A Peter Sellers movie about an inept political leader?" (Stuart Rothenberg, "Barack Obama's Sad Sausage-Making Foreign Policy," Roll Call, 9/10/13)

  • Roll Call Headline: "Barack Obama's Sad Sausage-Making Foreign Policy." (Stuart Rothenberg, "Barack Obama's Sad Sausage-Making Foreign Policy," Roll Call, 9/10/13)

FP Group Editor David Rothkopf: "A U.S. Administration Whose Policies In Syria Have Been Incoherent By Any Measure." "It is a long-shot proposal started perhaps by accident, promoted by parties who have regularly lied, and cautiously embraced by a U.S. administration whose policies in Syria have been incoherent by any measure. Regardless of whether it amounts to anything or not, it speaks volumes about how bad our options are." (David Rothkopf, Op-Ed, "Kerry, Clinton, And A Glimmer Of Hope On Syria," CNN, 9/9/13)

New York Magazine's John Heilemann: "Yesterday, To Me, Looked Like Amateur Hour Where Everyone Is Improvising." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 9/10/13)


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