Relief in Damascus, as Syrians mock Obama the 'coward'
AFP - "He who talks a lot doesn't act," said Souad, a Damascus resident, mocking US President Barack Obama as a "coward" for delaying a decision to attack the Syrian regime.Well I'd say the respect thing has pretty well gone down the tubes as Obama flip/flops on whether he has the power to strike militarily with or without the approval of congress. When they come back in session,which should be around Sept.9.
"Obama is a coward. He didn't strike because he knows that our President Bashar (al-Assad) is all-powerful," said the employee of nationality electricity firm Ferdaws, in the northeast of the capital.
In the wealthy neighbourhood people went about their business without seeming too worried about the thuds from intermittent shelling of rebel positions outside the city centre.
A similarly calm atmosphere prevailed at one of the area's traditional, men-only cafes, where some customers appeared more interested in winning at backgammon than by Obama's speech.
On Saturday the US president said he will ask US lawmakers to approve a strike on Syria when Congress returns from summer recess on September 9, effectively lifting the threat of an imminent attack.~snip~
I'll be surprised if he remembers what he was going to ask them to vote on by then.
But the real question is what if congress says no?
He can't get a coalition of countries together with or without UN approval nor does the American public seem to support military intervention in Syria no matter how small it is to prevent world wide mockery.
He could of course order it anyway but as a commenter posted in a previous post the democrats would be against it because they're looking at the mid-term elections next year.
Also I'm sure it would certainly displease his base, even though the media's keeping silent about the anti-war left, if they have any objections to their messiahs intentions.
Either way Obama has himself in a pickle, he tried to roar like a lion but the sound that came out was a squeak.