Tags: Syria | dowd | putin | syria | obama

Maureen Dowd: Putin 'Neutered' Obama Administration

Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 03:21 PM

By Elliot Jager

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Acerbic New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has ripped President Barack Obama, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin's deviousness has saved the commander in chief's political skin.

It was clear Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were unable to convince Congress or the American public to bomb Syria over its use of chemical weapons, Dowd wrote.

So Putin artfully moved to neuter the administration's "huffing and puffing" that it was its threat of force that led to any breakthrough, Dowd said.

Putin made it clear that Obama would have to drop his bombing threats before any deal could proceed.

As a result, "The administration’s saber-rattling felt more like knees rattling. Oh, for the good old days when Obama was leading from behind. Now these guys are leading by slip-of-the-tongue."

She took the president to task for dithering on Syria, then failing to explain the stakes. Obama's ineptitude "escalated last August with a slip by the methodical wordsmith about 'a red line for us.'"

Dowd finishes, saying that "While most Americans shudder at the news that 400 children have been killed by a monster, they recoil at the Middle East now; they’ve had it with Shiites vs. Sunnis, with Alawites, and all the ancient hatreds."


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ebola Patient Remains in Serious Condition at Dallas Hospital

Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 12:27 PM

The patient infected with Ebola remains in serious condition on Thursday at a Dallas hospital, the hospital said. The do . . .

Rep. Jeffries: Rapper Jay Z Had Better Security Than Obama

Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 10:25 AM

Speaking out against recent Secret Service gaffes, at least one member of Congress is noting that it's a sad day when a  . . .

Rep. Kingston: Pierson Wanted Secret Service to Be Like 'Disneyland'

Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 09:56 AM

Former Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was "famous" for saying that she wanted the agency in charge of the securit . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved